Rennes corrects Auxerre

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Rennes corrects Auxerre

The game: 5-0

The large score (5-0) on the scoreboard may suggest that the Rennais had an easy match this Sunday against Rennes. But a few minutes before the second goal of the Rouge et Noir, signed Amine Gouiri (60th), the public of Roazhon Park had not hesitated to whistle their team, guilty in their opinion of suffering too much against a valiant Auxerre team, but too harmless to hope to overthrow Bruno Genesio’s men.

Taking advantage of AJA’s difficulties in entering their matches, Rennes had nevertheless started the match perfectly by scoring in the 3rd minute through Sulemana. The start of the game was also totally to the advantage of the Bretons who could have scored a second goal by Amine Gouiri who could not fit his header (6th). La Santamaria injury, victim of a severe left ankle sprain, and released on a stretcher, did not immediately destabilize Rennes who still got a big opportunity through Sulemana. The Ghanaian did not go far from the double but, after having bypassed Costil, he saw his shot deflected on the goal line by Joly (16th). It was then Terrier who was defeated by Costil who made a save with his foot to deflect his shot (24th). Auxerre had to wait until the 26th minute to take their first shot of the game through Birama Touré found in the box by Sinayoko. the Auxerre captain’s attempt ended up in the side netting. Autret then alerted Mandanda (31st) before a sequence from Niang who did not find the target (37th).

“We got a little lost with the release of Baptiste, which perhaps disturbed us a little”, acknowledged Genesio after the meeting at the microphone of Canal +. After a big air pocket marked by numerous technical approximations, the Rennais pulled their heads out of the water. Gouiri’s goal therefore revived the Bretons who chained. The former Niçois served Terrier for the 3rd goal (68th) then Flavien Tait (78th), who had replaced Sulemana at the start of the second period, and Matthis Abline (85th) finished the job.

Before going to challenge Fenerbahçe on Thursday in the Europa League and then moving to Marseille next Sunday, the Rennais, who climb to 6th place, have been full of confidence, also recording their first clean sheet of the season. A perfect day for Steve Mandanda author of an assist for Tait on the 4th goal, the first of his long career in Ligue 1.

The players: Sulemana and Gouiri find their way back to the nets

It had been several months since they had scored in Ligue 1. Kamaldeen Sulemana and Amine Gouiri repaired this anomaly this Sunday afternoon against Auxerre. The first, silent in L1 since November 2021, opened the scoring in the 3rd minute taking advantage of an excellent clearance from Mandanda. He could even have doubled the bet without a save from Joly (16th). The former Nice, he had been waiting for this goal in the Championship since last January. He built it alone by recovering the ball from Coeff’s feet before going to deceive Costil. The French international hopeful completed his performance by delivering an assist for Terrier on the 3rd Rennes goal.

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8 goals were scored in the first 5 minutes in Ligue 1 this season, 3 were conceded by Auxerre. (Opt)

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