Stade Rennais lost 2-1 on their lawn against Chelsea and dropped the eighth. A result that allows the Blues to slip away in the next round, just like Sevilla, who returned from Krasnodar with three points (2-1).
Stade Rennais was facing their last chance this evening to secure a ticket to the knockout stages of the Champions League. To stay in the race, Julien Stéphan’s troops had to beat Chelsea, leader of the group, on the lawn of Roazhon Park. The Bretons, deprived of Terrier, Nayef Aguerd, Dalbert, Rugani and Jonas Martin, all the same came out with a quality eleven, with a Nzonzi-Bourigeaud-Camavinga midfield, while Serhou Guirassy was accompanied by Doku and Léa Siliki in front. In front, Frank Lampard made a slight turn, and Kanté and Havertz started for example on the bench. The London offensive trio was thus composed of Hudson-Odoi, Abraham and Werner. And it started badly for Rennes, since after a few minutes of play, the German striker of the Blues had a complete hole when he had a golden opportunity to put it at the bottom, alone in front of Gomis (4th).
The Blues dominated the proceedings, but struggled to really convert their mastery of the game into serious chances. But what had to happen happened, and Hudson-Odoi made the Rennes nets tremble (0-1, 22 ‘). After an excellent opening from Mason Mount, the London number 20 was going to beat the Breton porter. Stunned, the locals struggled to react and Gomis had to intervene to prevent Mount from doubling the bet (27th). We had to wait half an hour of play to see the Rennais be dangerous, with this attempt by James Lea Siliki passed a little above the bar of Mendy (32nd). Little by little, Rennes got its head out of the water and began to create danger. Mendy disgusted his former partners with a good intervention on a header from Damien da Silva (42nd).
Rennes was superior in the second half but …
At the break, the London advantage was logical, but Rennes showed that they could worry Frank Lampard’s men. The second period started at a slightly slower pace, with the two teams mainly seeking to secure their defense. Rennes then looked for that goal of the equalizer, but did not really worry an English team well in place and flawless behind. And when they managed to clear their way in the last few meters, Mendy always answered present, as on this header from Nyamsi (74th). Guirassy finally managed to equalize, with a beautiful header on a corner kicked by Bourigeaud from the right side of the Breton attack (1-1, 85th). But it was without counting on the executioner Olivier Giroud, author of the winning goal of the head after a strike countered by Werner (1-2, 90th + 1). Rennes can no longer qualify for the eighth and will fight with Krasnodar for the place of paid back in the Europa League. Both teams have two points on the clock.
In the other match of the evening, Sevilla could also secure their ticket to the next round in case of victory against Krasnodar. After the exploit of the 3rd day, where the Andalusians beat the Russians after being led 2-0 and having evolved for a big part of the meeting on the shorthand, the La Liga team did the job with this success 2 -1. Very quickly, she took the advantage via Ivan Rakitic, with a good half-volley from outside the area (0-1, 4th). Despite some absences, the southern Spain team dominated without being really worried. But back from the locker room, after a huge opportunity from Cabella, Wanderson managed to equalize (1-1, 56th). Sevilla regained the advantage in the game, but it was not until the 90th + 5 that Munir El Haddadi offered victory to his team with a nice cross strike. This victory allows Sevilla to slip away in the eighth, and the Spaniards will fight for first place in the group with Chelsea in the next two days.
Find the classification of the group stage of the Champions League here.