Rennes surprised by Lorient for its entry into Ligue 1

The Breton derby gave birth this Sunday to the first surprise of the Ligue 1 season: dominating for an hour, Rennes lost at home to Lorient (0-1). The Brétilliens were often rough in the opposing part of the field despite around twenty shots attempted and a one-sided first act.

The new Merlus goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo has often seen the Rennes attackers miss the target (one shot on target out of nine attempts). The Swiss international lay down well on a point-blank shot from Gaëtan Laborde (14th) and saw an opposing counter-attack concluded by a deflected shot from Martin Terrier (20th). The only timid response from the visitors, a twenty-meter shot from Armand Lauriente, did not endanger Steve Mandanda (35th).

The scenario was identical to the return from the locker room, and Terrier grazed the crossbar with an attempt at nearly twenty-five meters (54th). Deprived of the ball until then, the Lorientais grew bolder on the hour mark and caused Arthur Theate’s error. The flagship rookie of the Rouge et Noir transfer window was very unhappy, seeing, from the shin, a center from the neo-Lorient player Gédéon Kalulu in his own cage (65th).

Reassured by this twist of fate, the FCL obtained several break points, including that of Laurienté, who found the amount of Mandanda (74th). Coming into play shortly after the goal, Jérémy Doku thought he equalized after added time (90th + 4) but Yvon Mvogo released his powerful shot from the left with a reflex stoppage with his right hand. Here are three crucial points for Lorient and its new coach Régis Le Bris, in search of maintenance in this season with four runs in Ligue 2.

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Rennes have won only one of their last 9 opening games of a Ligue 1 season (3 draws, 5 losses), it was against Montpellier in August 2019 (1-0).

The player: Arthur Theate, a frustrating start

Arrived with the heavy task of replacing Nayef Aguerd, who left for West Ham, central defender Arthur Theate made his big debut at Roazhon Park. Solid and incisive like his team, the Belgian (22) was at the origin of the only but of the match by involuntarily scoring against his side following a cross from Lorient’s Gédéon Kalulu (65th). The young international (3 selections) was more feverish in his interventions thereafter, without however foreseeing new errors of judgment.

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