Rennes despatched 5,000 followers racing residence to beat a curfew on Friday ruing one other wasted lead after their group misplaced 2-1 at residence to Angers in Ligue 1.
A spike in Covid-19 circumstances within the area introduced the introduction of a curfew from midnight on Friday.
That gave followers barely an hour to get residence after the match or threat a 135-euro ($160) high-quality.
Rennes may have moved to the highest of Ligue 1 with a victory, as a substitute, they suffered their first defeat of the season as, for the fourth time in 4 video games, they blew a lead. This time they didn’t even achieve a draw.
The house group began effectively. After 18 minutes, Paul Bernadoni, Angers document signing, failed to carry a tame volley from Flavien Tait.
Adrien Hunou pounced on the free ball to slip it in from shut vary.
Angers shortly hit again. Within the twenty seventh minute, former Southampton participant Sofiane Boufal’s shot from the sting of the field took a small deflection off Steven Nzonzi and an even bigger one off Damien Da Silva earlier than flying previous Alfred Gomis.
Within the 57th minute, Angelo Fulgini chasing an extended punt ahead wriggled previous Da Siva and stretched out a toe to lob the ball over Gomis to offer Angers the lead.
Nearly directly, Gomis atoned with a spectacular save from a point-blank Boufal header.
The victory lifted Angers into the highest six.
“For us, it is an exploit,” stated Angers coach Stephane Moulin including that the Champions League had taken a toll on Rennes. “They used lots of power on Tuesday night.”
Angers had conceded 10 objectives over their final two away video games.
“We needed to shut the floodgates and I favored the best way we did it,” stated Moulin
Rennes supervisor Julien Stephan made 5 modifications to the beginning lineup from the membership’s Champions League debut towards Krasnodar on Tuesday after they squandered a lead and drew 1-1 at residence.
“I am disillusioned with our match, with the 2 faces we confirmed,” stated Stephan.
“We all know it is tough to play each three days however we fought like hell final season to get the prospect to play these matches one after the opposite.”
In that European match, the Rennes ultras, many with out masks, had grouped behind the objective and celebrated collectively when their group took the lead.
On Friday, UEFA introduced it had opened a disciplinary investigation towards Rennes for violating its well being protocol and failing to “preserve social distancing”.
For the sport towards Angers, the membership once more allowed 5,000 spectators to attend, insisting it might implement stricter distancing guidelines and implement a four-seat hole between them.
“We requested them to distribute these 5,000 spectators within the 4 stands”, stated the prefect of Brittany, Michele Kirry.
As they watched their group lose to Angers, the followers have been fastidiously spaced across the stadium, which could have additionally made it simpler for them to hurry for the exits on the remaining whistle because the match ended simply over an hour earlier than the curfew began.
“The curfew order solely comes into drive at midnight tonight,” stated Kirry.
“It is very sophisticated to cancel issues on the day they’re scheduled.”