Monaco wins in Rennes and doubles Nice


By: Manu Tournoux

Monaco emerged victorious from their duel against Rennes (2-1). ASM is the new runner-up to PSG.

A championship classic was played this Saturday at the Roazhon Park stadium, pitting Rennes against AS Monaco. The duel turned to the advantage of the princely team. Without being flamboyant, the Hutter gang managed to pocket the three points at stake (2-1).

Vanderson almost ruined everything

The most prominent man of the match was Vanderson. The Brazilian signed the only achievement of the game, in the 51ste minute by converting a serve from Folarin Balogun. Then, leaving his teammates at ten with a quarter of an hour to go. By collecting a second yellow, he complicated the task of his team. But ultimately it was of no consequence.

Rennes were not very inspired at 11 against 11, and they were not much more so at 11 against 10. There was a minute where they created two big chances to equalize. In vain. The first attempt was diverted by Minamino (77e) and the second neutralized by Kohn on a header from Théâte (78e).

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Minamino and Monaco do the job.

Monaco thanks Kohn

After missing their chance, Julien Stéphan’s team ended up conceding a second goal. Youssouf Fofana put an end to all the suspense in this meeting, beating Steve Mandanda with a low shot at the edge of the area. With this break, ASM offered itself a quieter end to the match than it could have feared after the expulsion of Vanderson. There was a reduction in the Rennes score on a penalty in the 89the, through Bourigeaud, but it was too late to hope to save the draw. Even if Nagida turned on Kohn in the 92e.

By winning this Sunday, ASM temporarily moves back to 2e place in the ranking ahead of Nice. The princely team has recovered well from its rout against Paris. The SRFC, for its part, is experiencing a second misstep in a row in the championship. The Julien Stéphan effect has already faded.

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