Rennes is recovering after a mixed start to the season (only one victory so far). Bruno Genesio’s men won a victory over Brest (3-1) which took time to emerge. Without Gaëtan Laborde but with Martin Terrier, the last fourth in Ligue 1 reassured himself at home, where he had won 14 victories last season.
After a half-time besieging Marco Bizot’s goal, it was Joe Rodon who delivered Roazhon Park. The defender on loan from Tottenham cut in a corner well taken by Lovro Majer. Franck Honorat equalized in stride (57th), and the Rennes forcing resumed until the release of Martin Terrier in the last moments (90th). Désiré Doué put an end to the suspense of the meeting, and confirms the long series without a win from Brest to Rennes: six draws, six defeats since 2011.
The matches follow each other and are not alike for Lille. Crushed by PSG a week ago (7-1) then clear winners of Ajaccio (3-1), the Dogues fell back at home against Nice (1-2). While Jonathan Bamba had opened the scoring, and signed a third consecutive match with a goal (20th), Lille were surprised by two penalties in less than ten minutes. Andy Delort (22nd) scored first after a foul on Aaron Ramsey, and Nicolas Pépé did himself justice after a foul from goalkeeper Léo Jardim. Back in the stadium that saw him explode, the Ivorian winger scored his first goal for the Aiglons since arriving on loan.
Stung, Paulo Fonseca’s men besieged Kasper Schmeichel’s goal. The Dane was called upon: Angel Gomes (55th, 60th), Edon Zhegrova (48th, 57th) and Yusuf Yazici (61st) tried each other in turn, without success. Lucien Favre, in difficulty after a gloomy start to the season, remains undefeated against Lille (4 wins, 2 draws).
All the lights are green for Lens: a big victory against Brest, a spectacular match, and the surprise extension of its captain Seko Fofana at the end of the meeting. The almost perfect start to the season for the Sang et Or continues: four wins, one draw, and the same number of points as PSG, first in the standings.
The best start in the Lensois elite since 2001-2002, with 13 points, highlights Florian Sotoca. The RCL striker now has five goals and two assists in five matches. His double (24th, 77th) put his people on the right track against the playful and eye-catching Hakes for an hour. Led by Régis Le Bris, Lorient believed in it thanks to Terem Moffi’s double (41st, 50th), but gave in to the fury of the locals. Wesley Saïd (28th) had carried out a small festival before deceiving Yvon Mvogo, Salis Abdul Samed had restored the advantage to his people with a flat foot (57th) while Loïs Openda (86th) put an end to the festival with his crew.