Rennes edge Astana for Europa League with manager hailing former boss

13 December 2018 21:51 GMT

Stade Rennes edged out Astana in a winner takes it all game at the Roazhon Park in the Europa league with Ismaila Sarr double in five minutes to finish second Group K.

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Rennes needed a win with their opponents needing just a draw to progress but Sarr found the back of the net with a rebound after Benjamin Bourigeaud penalty was saved for the forward to finish off and five minutes later struck from thirty yards into the top corner

Rennes coach Julien Stéphan speaking after the victory against Astana 2-0 and the qualification for the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 said via AFP: “In the beginning, you will allow me to have a thought for Sabri (Lamouchi) tonight because It should not be forgotten that five-sixths of the course was done under his direction and that he contributed very strongly to this qualification.

“Then there is the satisfaction of having made the match we had planned to do. We really have to congratulate the players on what they produced, in relation to the intensity they were able to put and also to the quality in the collective approach because they made a very big game, conceding almost nothing to the opponent and creating many opportunities throughout the game”.

“I think that at the half-time we could have led, it would not have been illogical, but with patience and lucidity we had good hope to bend them, that’s what happened. spent in the second half. “

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