The blow of the breakdown for Rennes. Bruno Génésio’s players remained silent and conceded defeat against Lorient on their lawn at Roazhon Park (0-1), Sunday, early evening. The Breton club’s flagship summer recruit, Arthur Theate scored against his side and allowed Régis Le Bris to succeed in his first at the head of the Merlus.
Last year, Lorient did not know how to travel. But for the first of Régis Le Bris on his bench, the Morbihan club broke ten years of helplessness at Roazhon Park. The Merlus waited until the last second and Yvon Mvogo’s parade on a curling shot from Jeremy Doku (90 + 4) to exult.
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Theate misses his debut
It was Rennes’ 20th attempt on an afternoon when nothing worked. Bruno Génésio was counting on his attacking trio to start his season, but only Martin Terrier held his rank, although the Rennes striker could not find the fault.
Stirring in the first half, he returned from the locker room with the desire to do well: a shot out of bounds (49th), a 25-meter deflected missile (54th), then a header captured by Mvogo (55th). The Swiss goalkeeper, a defector from RB Leipzig, was not reassuring in all his ball shots, but he was able to contain the opposing danger when he was called upon, especially during a duel won against Serhou Guirassy (78th ).
This was Régis Le Bris’ plan: to turn his back in front of the opposing offensive armada (2nd best attack of last season) and offer a direct game to recover the ball. We had to wait for the hour mark and a free kick from Armand Laurienté repelled by Steve Mandanda to see concrete action from Lorient (63rd).
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Shortly after, Gédéon Kalulu’s center was deflected by Arthur Theate in his own camp (0-1, 65th). Lined up with Joe Rodon, another summer recruit, the Belgian missed his debut in front of his home crowd. The hardest part had just been done by Lorient. Paradoxically, while Bruno Génésio made four offensive changes, the Hakes took the game on their own and even hit the post through Laurienté (74th).
Mvogo was responsible for saving the three points of the victory and ideally starting the mandate of Régis Le Bris by removing an attempt by Doku from his opposite corner in added time. Rennes’ rusty animation penalized the team, who will have to show a much better attitude next week in Monaco.
Gaëtan Laborde during Rennes – Lorient, during the 1st day of Ligue 1
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