Roazhon's nightmare for Stade Rennais. The Breton club lost to Cluj for the third day of the Europa League (0-1). Reduced to ten from the first minutes, then nine early in the second period, they have never been able to completely fight against the Romanians. Last in Group E with a single point, they see the qualification for the round of 32 move away.
Mendy excluded from entry
The evening of Rennes was played on two actions, each time right out of the locker room. The defense of the Bretons was taken by default in the 5th minute on a deep pass to Lacina Traore. Edouard Mendy, out of his cage to intercept the ball at the entrance to the surface, broke the Ivorian striker. Logically expelled, he avoided the penalty. AT Grandpa BonetOnly 16 years old to take the gloves. But the young doorman was immediately surprised by the open-side free kick of Ciprian Cead (0-1, 9e).
Mbaye misses the equalization
At ten, the Rennes have remained in the game. From the outside of the surface, Benjamin Bourigeaud tried a cross shot, a little too much to worry about Giedrius Arlauskis, the Lithuanian guardian of Cluj. They had the opportunity to pick up the score after a foul Kevin Boli sure Adrien Hunou in the surface. But Mbaye Niang sent his penalty kick out of the frame. Rennes could still believe in an equalizer against friable Romanians.
The beginning of the second period could have showered hopes Rennes. Mendy had waited five minutes, Eduardo Camavinga left his partners one minute after the recovery. A rematch error of Bonet returned the ball to Cluj and Camavinga, logically out of position and late, cut Billel Omrani from behind (46th). Now reduced to nine, the Rennais accused the blow, but Cluj did not know how to finish the wounded animal. From the bottom of the hole, the Bretons began to return, to dominate Cluj.
A third red card … for Cluj
Hunou ruined a three-on-three attempt at a shot at the edge of the box without finding the frame (65 '). The beginning of a strong Rennes time, chained by a powerful shot but too imprecise of Raphina (68th). The numerical gap narrowed with the expulsion of Mateo Susic for two yellow cards (82nd). A boost for Rennes who seemed physically hard. In the wake, Jordan Siebatcheu could not take again at the first post a center of Hunou, since the right wing (82e). The striker, entering the 80th, had a second chance. But his flyback at the entrance to the surface spun over (90th). Opportunities but no goal, and a defeat to the key.
Rennes is now five points behind Cluj, second in group E. In the other group match, Celtic beat Lazio at home (2-1) to take the lead. The former Toulouse Christopher Jullien scored the winning goal, obviously for the central defender, in the 89th minute.