In Andalusia, Stade Rennes will never prevail this Wednesday against Sevilla FC, who will almost regret having achieved only a short success (1-0) to pocket the three points. Before a double clash against Chelsea, the SRFC is already back to the wall in this Pool E of the Champions League.
By Clément Gavard, in Sánchez Pizjuán
Rennes 1-0 Sevilla FC
But: De Jong (55e)
In his wildest dreams, Stade Rennes imagined he could relive a winning night in the Andalusian capital after that in February 2019. Five kilometers from Benito Villamarín, the Breton club had the chance to write a new page of its history by winning its first game in the Champions League against historic Real Betis rival Sevilla FC. But in the Nervión area field, somewhat animated on the eve of football due to the health crisis, the SRFC will never have been able to exist. In the pickup in each area, the Red and Black can almost leave Spain feeling happy: they lost only 1-0. But they still have work to do to come out of this competition with their heads high.
Ding, wedge, De Jong
In a special and depressing atmosphere, Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán’s stadium finds a delicious Champions League hymn. In her black tunic, Stade Rennes quickly realized that the night was going to be long. Orphaned by its two international players Nzonzi and Camavinga, the Breton club need not wait for the famous round of observation to take the water. Sevilla FC’s high block stifles the visitors, who tremble at the first attempts of Ocampos and De Jong, while El Haddadi’s recovery is deflected on the bar by Alfred Gomis. The Senegalese goalkeeper has no time to rest: a bit of an academic outing in front of Diego Carlos, a new march against Ocampos and a felt tape on a fire engine far from the excellent Koundé make Stade Rennes a miracle. Rugani’s injury, replaced by Aguerd, at the age of 17e the moment doesn’t change the situation, but the slow pace of Grenier and Martin, both unable to play forward in midfield, means that Rennes does not exist in this first act. And Salin’s umpire, who was active on the Rennes bench, didn’t push Terrier to be more penetrating at the only Breton opportunity in the first period, despite some acceleration of Doku’s shot. At the break, the SRFC is underwater (12 shots to 1), but still breathing.
Out of efficiency for three games, the Lopetegui gang returns to the field to put an end to this dirty story. Always also on loan, Rennes sees his midfield pull after Bourigeaud leaves on injury three minutes after the transfer, and ends up cracking in the face of the Andalusian waves. On another well signed Acuña cross, De Jong takes advantage of his loneliness in the Rennes area to shoot Gomis at first intent (1-0, 55e). The opportunity for a Sevillian arena publisher to offer himself some pleasure by bawling the attacker’s name into breaking deaf silence. The Red-white don’t stop pressing for so much: Koundé’s long game is precious, the crosses are precise and the Rennes are non-existent and too clumsy to hope for anything other than defeat. Grenier’s far free kick is repelled by Bounou, but the hottest opportunities come from the locals, who see Ocampos heading next and Jordan smashing the bar (76e). Not enough to wake up the unrecognizable and technically homeless Rennes, whose frustration at encountering an encounter is clearly in each other’s mood. With only two strikes in more than 90 minutes, Stade Rennes can return to Brittany with a severe headache. And he will console himself by saying that the battle for third position with Krasnodar, slapped at home by Chelsea, could last until December. Sevilla FC (4-3-3): Bounou – Navas, Diego Carlos, Koundé, Acuña – Jordan (Gudelj, 89e), Fernando, O. Torres (Rakitic, 76e) – Ocampos, De Jong (En-Nesyri, 85e), El Haddadi (Vázquez, 85e). Trainer: Julen Lopetegui.
Rennes (4-3-3): Gomis – Soppy (Dalbert, 77e), Da Silva, Rugani (Aguerd, 17e), Traoré – Bourigeaud (Léa-Siliki, 48e), Martin, Grenier (Del Castillo, 77e) – Doku, Guirassy, Terrier. Trainer: Julien Stephan
By Clément Gavard, in Sánchez Pizjuán