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Europa League Conference. Rennes – Vitesse Arnhem: 3-3

Roazhon Park will have the chance to see European matches in the spring! This will be a first since the fabulous memories of the meetings against Betis Sevilla (3-3) and Arsenal (3-1) in the Europa League 2019. Despite their draw (3-3), the Rennes took advantage full of Tottenham’s surprise defeat at Mura (1-2) to secure first place in Group H.

The Bretillian club will therefore play the round of 16 of the Europa Conference Conference on March 10 and 17, after a draw on February 25. This already exempts him from a dam and therefore from the two “rab” matches in February. But Rennes was very lucky this Thursday evening. After leading 3-1 and seeing the Londoners equalize against Mura, they retreated and suffered the return of Vitesse (3-3), before hearing the news of the Slovenian goal when the whistle had already sounded at Roazhon Park (90 ‘+ 4)! A big sigh of relief for a team which had faulted like the France team during the last Euro against Switzerland, when it was leading 3-1.

Laborde, 10 goals in 15 games!

This without being as attractive and brilliant as the past few weeks. Bruno Genesio’s troupe relied on its prolific goléador, Gaëtan Laborde. Author of his 8th, 9th and 10th goals in all competitions in 15 games with Rennes, the ex-Montpellier is a continental propulsion engine! With this hat-trick, added to the goals against Tottenham (2-2) and Maribor, against Mura (2-1), he has already joined Guirassy as the best European director in Rennes history in five matches! But its realism will not hide the lacks that have appeared.

This Rennes has not mastered its subject, as it has been able to unfold lately, giving pride of place to a precious Alfred Gomis in the cage, despite the three conceded goals …

Genesio: “I’m angry”

“I am proud of our performance, but I cannot be completely satisfied: I am disappointed with our mistakes, which allowed them to score. I am very happy with the character we have shown to come back. But we could also have won, ”said Thomas Letsch, the Dutch technician.

“We still have to be satisfied and qualified… But, yes, I’m angry. When we drop even a notch, we see that we are in danger. We are not going to sweep everything either, but we have gone through a lot of fundamentals, it is undoubtedly a bad for a good, it will avoid the ignition the next times … In the locker room, it’s more frustration for having displayed an unusual face which won out, ”complained the demanding Bruno Genesio. Sunday in Lorient (3 p.m.), he will expect another face of his own.


Referee: Espen Eskås (NOR).

Spectators: 23 081.

GOALS. Rennes: Laborde (9 ‘, 39’, 69 ‘); Speed: Huisman (43 ‘), Buittink (75’), Openda (90 ‘)

Warnings. Rennes: Omari (82 ‘); Speed: Rasmussen (35 ‘), Openda (40’), Witten (68 ‘).

RENNES: A. Gomis – H. Traoré (cap.), Omari, Aguerd, Meling – Santamaria – Bourigeaud (Sulemana, 62 ‘), Tait (Ugochukwu, 62’), Majer, Terrier (Truffert, 82 ‘) – Laborde (Guirassy, 73 ‘). Not involved: Salin (left), Alemdar (left), Badé, Doku, Tchaouna, A. Diouf, Assignon, J. Martin. Trainer: B. Genesio.

ARNHEM SPEED. :Houwen – Yapi (Dasa, 53 ‘), Oroz, Rasmussen, Wittek – Tronstad – Gboho (Buitink, 46’), Bero (cap.), Bazoer (Baden Frederisksen, 83 ‘) – Openda, Huisman (Manhoef, 79’) . Not entered into play: Van Haveren (l.), Froeling (l.), Hajek, Vonmoos, Domgjoni, Vroegh, Cornelisse. Trainer: T. Letsch.

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