The first in the history of Stade Rennais in the Champions League will therefore have a taste of unfinished business. Dominant, involved and diligent, the Bretons failed to win at home tonight against the Russian club Krasnodar, in a Roazhon Park where 5,000 supporters have continued to push their players to exceed their limits. Result: Stade Rennais takes only one point tonight and already a little behind in the race for 3rd place, at the end of this first day of the Champions League.
Because Krasnodar, who also played tonight in the first match in its history in C1, is the team of this group E (with Chelsea and Sevilla FC) that Rennes had to beat twice to secure a transfer to the League. Europa. But as explained Julien Stephan at a press conference in early September, his players will “gain experience“during this European campaign. However, despite this draw, Rennes were convincing during this baptism of fire.
Camavinga, a successful first
Pushed by the 5,000 supporters present in a molten Roazhon Park, Rennes dominated the proceedings, with ball possession exceeding 60%. Far from being destabilized by the pressure inherent in this type of meeting and by the legendary music of the competition, Stéphan’s players quickly put the Russians in difficulty. Symbol of Breton daring: Eduardo Camavinga. At only 17 years old, the prodigy played his first C1 match this evening and was the first to stand out after five minutes: his center found the head of Benjamin Bourigeaud which flew above the goals (4th).
Camavinga, again, then pushed the keeper Matvey Safonov to two superb parades. The first on a tap after a strike from the young Rennes 30m (25th). A few minutes later, pushed by the murmur of the stadium as he was about to shift the ball to the left side, Camavinga tried his luck again for a new stop by the Russian goalkeeper (33rd). The latter saw several attempts to Serhou Guirassy (9th, 26th), Hamari Traore (49th), Bourigeaud (51st) and Flavien Tait (87th) miss the goals.
But he also showed himself imperial in front of Jeremy Doku (62nd), Adrien hunou (90th) and especially in front Was, well served by Martin terrier (71e). The former Lyonnais, one of the best players in Rennes this evening, has not ceased to provoke his Russian counterpart, pushing him to the fault in the penalty area a few minutes before the hour mark. Guirassy, at the origin of the overflow of Terrier on the action of the penalty, was responsible for transforming the shot on goal for the opening of the scoring (54th).
Guirassy very close to deliver the Roazhon Park
But in the Champions League as in Ligue 1, dominating is not winning. And Rennes paid the price this evening. First on a few fears caused by the very good Kristoffer Olsson (42nd), but also Kaio (45th) and Cristian Ramirez, whose strike was saved in extremis by Damien Da Silva (32nd). But especially on this equalization a few minutes after the opening of the scoring, on a lightning strike from Ramirez, again he, one of the best players in Krasnodar tonight (59th). Alfred Gomis, who was playing his first match with Stade Rennais this evening, could not do anything.
He will therefore not have missed much in Rennes tonight to win for the first Champions League match in its history. No madness in any case, so much the supporters present at the stadium have pushed their players. But a bit of experience or even realism, as on this last opportunity of Guirassy, whose recovery went right next to the goals in added time (90 + 4th). At the end of this first day, Krasnodar therefore achieves a good operation by taking this point, while the 3rd qualifying place for the Europa League should be played between the two teams.