KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 27, 2018
Matt Miazga and Nantes got their first point of the Ligue 1 season as their game with Caen ended in a tie while Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu finally made his debut for Rennes.
Nantes 1-1 Caen
Emiliano Sala's late second-half goal canceled out an earlier strike from Enzo Crivelli to help Nantes salvage a point against Caen at Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau.
Miazga was in the starting lineup for his second game for Les Canaries.
The season has not started as well as Nantes has wanted as they lost their previous two games to put them at the bottom of the standings. However, they were hoping to finally get their campaign on track against a Caen side that has also sputtered out of the gate.
The host came close to opening the scoring at the very beginning of the contest when Caen goalkeeper Brice Samba made a poor pass that ended up at the feet of Lucas Evangelista, but the Brazilian's shot went was deflected. They had another chance when some good pass play between Nantes players gave Samuel Moutoussamy a chance at goal, but Samba would get a on the ball to parry it away.
Despite the pressure from Nantes, it would be Caen that finally broke the deadlock in the 37th minute when Casimir Ninga sent a cross into the area from the left and Crivelli would one-time it past goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.
Caen appeared to be on their way to a win, but Nantes were given a lifeline when Abdul Waris was brought in the area, leading to the referee to point the spot for a penalty and sending off Paul Baysse.
Sala, who came off the bench, would then step up and convert the penalty in the 80th minute.
Nantes came close to stealing all three points near the end when Valetin Rongier's free-kick near went it.
Nantes sits in 17th place in the standings with one point.
Marseille 2-2 Rennes
Rennes could not hold on to their lead as they allowed Marseille to score two unanswered goals to comeback and take a point at Stade Velodrome.
Siebatcheu would finally make his first appearance for Rennes, seeing 20 minutes of action in the tie.
Rennes have had some good luck against Marseille recently as they claimed wins against the team in the league and cup competitions last season, and it appeared they were headed for another win as they were rewarded a penalty. Adil Rami made strong challenge on Ismaila Sarr, leaving the referee no choice but to point to the spot.
Benjamin Bourigeaud coolly tucked the ball in to the back of the net to give the visitors the lead in the 38th minute.
Sarr doubled Rennes' lead just before the halftime whistle when Marseille goalkeeper Yoann Pele fumbled a cross from Rami Bensebaini, allowing the Senegalese forward to put away the rebound.
Rennes were in control, but Marseille respond after the restart as they cut the deficit in the 54th minute. Lucas Ocampos was in the right place to put the ball across the goal line after Luiz Gustavo headed effort from a corner kick came crashing off the post.
The host then leveled the score in the 72nd minute thanks to some help from Rennes winger Bensebaini headed the ball into his own goal sending the legions of Marseille fans into rapturous cheers.
Rennes sits in 13th place in the standings with four points.
Timothy Weah was not a part of the PSG team at the weekend but the trio of Neymar, Edison Cavani and Kylian Mbappe guided the Parisiens to a 3-1 won over Angers.
In Ligue 2, Quentin Westberg was between the sticks for Auxerre in their 1-0 loss to Red Star.