Lyon defeat Rennes to boost European hope

Ligue 1

Following their 1-0 triumph over Paris Saint-Germain on April 2, Laurent Blanc’s team won their second straight Ligue 1 match. After giving up an early goal to Rennes center-forward Amine Gouiri after ten minutes as the hosts failed to create an impact, Lyon managed to come from behind for the first time this season.

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The Groupama stadium was opened in January 2016, yet Blanc’s team controlled the second half to win their 100th game in the official league. Before the hour mark, Corentin Tolisso equalized from a Maxence Caqueret corner, Alexandre Lacazette added a second, and Bradley Barcola capitalized on a Rayan Cherki backcross with 12 minutes remaining.

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You must always have faith, Blanc stated. “The final game of a three-match series played in a week is frequently the most physically demanding to play, and following Wednesday’s (French Cup) setback, the first half may be explained by mental exhaustion and technical shyness. I’m quite happy, especially considering how mad I was at halftime.

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The victory came as a comfort to Lyon after their chances of winning a trophy that would have secured a spot in the Europa League for the upcoming season were dashed by Nantes in the French Cup semi-final. Without injured goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, Rennes suffered their second consecutive loss and missed the opportunity to pass Lille and move up to fifth. Instead, they currently sit in sixth place, three points ahead of seventh-place Lyon. “We had a strong opening, but the opposition responded, and we were unable to make a strong impression in the first quarter. Then my squad melted, “Bruno Genesio, the Rennes coach, stated.

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