Rennes puts an end to the Puy adventure and reaches the semi-finals

The Breton club enforced the hierarchy against the National 2 resident on Thursday, even if the suspense lasted until the 80th minute.

France Télévisions – Sports Editorial


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Uninhibited and boosted by Geoffroy-Guichard who swapped green for blue, Le Puy was not unworthy but will not see the last four of the Coupe de France. The fourth division club was logically dominated by Stade Rennais (3-1), Thursday February 29, in the quarter-finals. In the match until the end, Petit Poucet created a lot of chances and cast doubt on a team that had just held Paris Saint-Germain in check.

Despite their domination in the first period, Stéphane Dief’s players chased the score. Even at 0-2, they didn’t give up and were able to come back to within a goal on the hour mark thanks to a nice dive from Bryan Adinany (62nd). They will have lacked the realism shown by Rennes, who dived three times, with perfect timing.

As usual, Benjamin Bourigeaud did everything and did everything well. Involved in his team’s three goals, the captain saw his corner find Arthur Theate for the opener (9th). He then scored a double, first from the penalty spot with the help of the bar (48th), then at the conclusion of a one-two with Arnaud Kalimuendo to kill the suspense (82nd).

Rennes will return to the semi-finals of the Coupe de France for the first time since 2020. The current 7th in Ligue 1 will know the identity of their future opponent during the draw carried out on Friday March 1 in Tout Le Sport. The fate will decide between Valenciennes, Lyon and the winner of the match between PSG and Nice (scheduled for March 13 at 9:10 p.m.).

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