Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Rennais victorious in the Alps

Les Rouge et Noir have reserved their spot in the final of la Coupe de France that they last won in 1971 with a 1-0 victory over Grenoble at Stade des Alpes.

Despite the loss of Jimmy Briand, Guy Lacombe has done well to promote a club based upon solidarity and players stepping up to new responsibilities. Growing pains are obvious but performances have been commendable. Against well discipline Grenoble the task would be great but this building train of solidarity is the glue that has held them together. Following a turbulent beginning which threatened the match going forward, Rennais took the lead at the twentieth minute. Following Jérôme Leroy's cross from the left that was headed on by Bruno Cheyrou, the Grenoble goalkeeper and Romain Danzé collided and Moussa Sow sent in the loose ball. Empty of attacking answers, Mehmed Baždarević's Grenoble were unable to threaten in the attack until the final moments of the half Pierre Boya's effort caresses the crossbar. Returning from the break Cheick N'Diaye is sent in for an injured Nicolas Douchez. While energized and focused upon a needed goal, the Grenoblois lack the tactical cutting side to break through Rennais' defending. Missing a chance to silence Grenoble's chances, the hosts apply pressure but can't find a way and with referee's M Piccirilo whistle les Bretons head to the finale at Stade de France on 9 May.