Stade Rennes had to be patient but kept up the pace. Two achievements by Gaétan Laborde (75th) and Jérémy Doku (78th) in the last quarter of an hour allowed him to win on the field of Lorient (2-0). Failing to be brilliant, the Bretons were able to make the difference at the right time under the effect of its entrants. Involved in the opening scoring of Laborde, Baptiste Santamaria started the match on the bench like Jérémy Doku, author of his first achievement of the season.
Before ? Benjamin Bourigeaud believed, wrongly, to have opened the scoring but the Var signaled an offside position of Kamaldeen Sulemana (20th). The only fear of the afternoon for Rennes came in the 35th minute when a header from Adrian Grbic grazed the frame of Alfred Gomis. Thanks to this sixth success in seven matches and Nice’s misstep the day before, against Metz (0-1), the Rennais settled in second place in the standings.
Stian Gregersen’s first goal in L1, with the tip of his foot on a free kick from Javeiro Dilrosun (43rd), will not have served any purpose. In search of a third victory this season, the Girondins tripped over the carpet this Sunday against Brest, the team in the form of the L1. It only took a Mangas error for Bordeaux, ahead at the break, to lose track of the match. Jérémy Le Douaron took advantage of the Portuguese’s offering to equalize (59th) before offering himself a double, launched into the box by Franck Honorat (66th). Without a stop by Costil in front of Romain Faivre (70th), the bill could have been even heavier. The damage is done: Vladimir Petkovic’s players tumble to 18th place. Brest goes back to 12th place.
Weaned from success in L1 since October 24 (3-1 against Montpellier), AS Monaco continues to skate. Niko Kovacs’ players could not do better than a draw (1-1) against Strasbourg at the end of a meeting which came down to a history of penalties. Wissam Ben Yedder transformed his after a foul by Alexander Djiku on Kevin Volland (44th), and Ludovic Ajorque answered him as soon as he resumed following a shirt pulling from Youssouf Fonana (48th). The best opportunity so far had been obtained by Ben Yedder, already, but he had failed on the amount of Matz Sels (9th). Despite a last situation for Myron Boadu (90th 5th), Monaco must be content with this sharing of points which keeps them in 8th place, just behind the Alsatians.
The Stade de Reims will not have to regret the opening of the scoring refused to Nathanaël Mbuku, caught by the VAR for an offside position (40th). A strike from Ghislain Konan, in added time, allowed him to win on the wire against Clermont (1-0). Oscar Garcia’s players are 14th. The Auvergnats slip dangerously to 18th place. They remain on five defeats in a row.