The logic was respected, this Saturday evening, at Matmut Atlantique where Rennes, 4th in L1, by dominating Bordeaux, 2nd in L2 (2-1), qualified for the round of 16 of the Coupe de France. “It’s up to us to create this Coupe de France atmosphere, to take the Matmut Atlantique public with us”, had urged the coach of the Girondins, David Guion. His men tried to pack the meeting, like this recovery of the chest of Josh Maja failing flush with the left post of Steve Mandanda on a cross from Malcom Bokele (8th), and several raids from the Georgian Zurab Davitashvili .
But on their first opportunity, the Rennais hit the mark. Found in the back of the Bordeaux defense by a masterful opening from Arthur Theate, Benjamin Bourigeaud controlled the ball in full swing, fixed Rafal Straczek and deceived the Polish goalkeeper by opening his right foot perfectly (0-1, 23rd). Three minutes later, the Girondins almost recovered on a double chance: after an overly crossed lob attempt from Albert Elis, very restless, the ball returned to Davitashvili whose shot was blocked for a corner by a reflex from Steve Mandanda.
The French international goalkeeper was less happy in added time, when Maja’s powerful low shot slipped under his arm (1-1, 45th + 1), after a chance initiated by Elis and on which the defense Breton had shown passivity.
Bordeaux finished at ten
More enterprising after the break, Bruno Genesio’s men quickly regained the advantage thanks to the Belgian Jérémy Doku, whose shot deflected by Bokele deceived Straczek (1-2, 53rd). Reduced to ten after the direct red card from Bokele, guilty of a dangerous gesture on Tait (60th), the Bordelais nevertheless sent a shiver through the Breton defense when Fransergio stole the ball from Theate’s feet in the area. But his strong cross in front of goal was cleared in disaster by Hamari Traoré (65th).
Despite their numerical superiority, the Rennais showed feverishness and conceded a dangerous free kick at the edge of their area. But Clément Michelin was unable to get around the Rennes wall and saw Theate counter his attempt with a header by (71st). After letting the storm pass, Rennes mastered the end of the match. Playing their all out in the pouring rain, the Girondins were on the verge of breaking but Straczek intervened in front of Amine Gouiri (79th, 82nd) and Arnaud Kalimuendo could not find the target (84th). Despite an electric final and a last strike from Elis on which Mandanda was vigilant (90th + 4), Rennes retained their slight advantage and their qualification.