Rennes are quick to surprise – Players Dbrief and NOTES (Larnaca 1-2 SRFC) – Football

For its entry into the Europa League, Rennes won at AEK Larnaca (1-2), this Thursday. A wire success for the Breton club, which still needs to raise the level of play before the reception of Fenerbahe, next week.

Theate was the best player on the pitch.

Rennes was successful in entering the Europa League. On the road to Cyprus, facing the weakest team in Group B, the Breton club won against AEK Larnaca (1-2) on Thursday.

Too imprecise in their movements and unable to speed up the game, Bruno Genesio’s men waited until the end of extra time to leave with three points.

Oier answered Theate

In a beautiful setting in Larnaca, Rennes logically dominated the start of the game. Abline and Sulemana warmed Piric’s gloves with low shots while Theate found the post with his near recovery from a corner. If the best cartridges are Breton, the Cypriot formation does not lower their eyes and the ball circulates well. After a poor lift from Tait, Trickovski was not far from surprising Mandanda.

To open this far from the closed side, you need a personal achievement. And it eventually came. Full of nerves, Theate put a powerful shot from 25 meters to deceive the opposing goalkeeper with the post (0-1, 29th). A short-lived happiness for the band Bruno Genesio. Lacking aggression, Rennais was surprised a few minutes later by Oier, who scored with a header after a perfect service from Rosales (1-1, 33′).

After extra time

After the break, Sulemana again found the gloves of Piric, who was cautious on his line. The sign of awakening in Breton? Absolutely not. While sleeping, the guests do not offer much and make more useless mistakes. Perhaps they were still surprised after a small festival from Faraj, whose after a small festival strike passed not far from the left side of Mandanda. While we were heading for a bad draw, Assignon freed his team in extra time by expertly taking a cross from Sulemana (1-2, 90th + 4). In mind!

Game score: 4/10

A little game. Despite Theate’s good opener and an interesting start to the game, Rennes was never able to accelerate the game. The proof is Theate who is the most dangerous in the Breton ranks… On the contrary, the Cypriots didn’t deserve it but didn’t believe in their chances to grab the three points. In the end, the team with the best players wins.

The goals:

– Rennais roams around Cyprus but can’t find an opening. Sulemana, without a solution, finished back to Theate, who was 25 meters away, unleashed a heavy strike with the rebound to score with the post (0-1, 29′).

– Tomovic returned the correct match to Rosales, who won his Aryan duel with Meling. The right side had plenty of time to center at the far post, where Oier put a point-blank header to deceive Mandanda (1-1, 33rd).

– Theate moved Sulemana to the left side. The Ghanaian winger left his vis–vis on the spot and crossed the far post, where Assignon took the ball with a movement from the heel to score under the bar (1-2, 90th + 4) .

NOTE to players

Maxifoot assigns a score (out of 10) to each player’s comments.

Man of the Match: Arthur Theate (7.5/10)

The most dangerous of Rennes players is him. Almost opening the scoring with a rebound that touched the post, the Belgian central defender showed the courage to open the scoring with a beautiful shot with the post. Good in duels, he looked for him to play forward to open the offenses as he found Sulemana in action in the winning goal with a very powerful pass.


Steve Mandanda (5): the Rennes goalkeeper didn’t have much to criticize himself for in this game. It was duly beaten to the head by Oier, who tricked him at close range for the equalizing goal. Very little was contributed to the whole.

Hamari Traor (5): a disappointing game for the Rennes captain. There is very little vision in the offensive phases, it cannot be blamed on the treatment goal of Oier with a score that is too loose. Not at the expected level.

Joe Rodon (5.5): an average meeting for the Welshman. Little haste, he has very little initiative in general. Unlike Theate, he never tries to create a gap with his passes.

Arthur Theate (7.5): read the comment above.

Birger Meling (4): the Norwegian left side did not play. Draft, he lacks defensive aggression, like the loss of the duel against Rosales in Oier’s goal. Below average. Replace the 58th minute with Martin Terrier (no).

Lovro Majer (4): good intentions for the Croatian midfielder who, however, was unable to tune his violins with his teammates. He was not always aware of the efforts of the defense to retreat, which showed a lot of indifference. Replace the 83rd minute with Lorenz Assignon (no no)scorer with a good recovery in extra time to give the victory to his team.

Baptiste Santamaria (5): average. Angers’ mid pass played too low to allow the blocrennais to stay in a high position. We’ve seen him get better since he arrived.

Flavien Tait (4): the picture of his start of the season: mediocre. Guilty of a very dangerous loss of the ball in the 20th minute, the Rennes midfielder did not weigh in on the game. Next to his studs, once again.

Kamal Deen Sulemana (7): All is not perfect for the Ghanaian winger. But he, at least, gave it his all to try to make a difference. Close to scoring twice, he exerted a lot of pressure throughout the game to finally offer Assignon caviar. Two decisive assists for him.

Matthis Abline (4): a great opportunity to start the game… and then nothing. The young striker didn’t take his chance in this part, with the Cypriot defense weighing very little. Replace the 58th minute with Benjamin Bourigeaud (no).

Adrien Truffert (4): positioned on the left wing, the side did not convince. He was never comfortable in this unusual position, which brought very little in the offensive stages.

+ Find the results and the classification of the Europa League on Maxifoot

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AEK LARNACA 1-2 REINDEER (half time: 1-1) – EUROPA LEAGUE – Group B (Rennes) / 1st day
Stadium: AEK Arena, Larnaca – Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili, Georgia

Goals : Oier Sanjurjo (33rd) for AEK LARNACA – A. Theate (29th) L. Assignon (90+4th) for RENNES
Warnings : K. Christoforou (90th)for AEK LARNACA – B. Santamara (69th)for RENNES

AEK LARNACA : K. PiricH. Milicevic, N. TomovicR. Rosales (K. Christoforou, 46th), angelOier Sanjurjo, Lus GustavoI. Trichkovski (Pere Pons, 79th)I. Faraj (G. Naoum, 90+3rd), O. Altman (. Gyurcs, 63rd)V. Olatunji (Rafael Lopes, 80th)

REINDEER : S. MandandaJ. Rodon, A. TheaterH. Traor, B. Meling (B. Bourigeaud, 58th)L. Majer (L. Assignon, 83rd), B. Santamara, F. TaitK. Sulemana, Mr. Abline (Mr. Terrier, 58th), A. Truffert

Larnaca fans put on a great vibe

Theate opened the scoring with a beautiful floating shot (0-1, 29th)

Oier’s joy after the medical goal (1-1, 32nd)

Assignon frees Rennes after extra time (1-2, 90th + 4)

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