KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Theoson Jordan-Siebatcheu and Rennes did themselves no favors as they let their lead slip to allow Nice to come away with all three points.
Nice 2-1 Rennes
Nice made up from their own goal by scoring to unanswered goals for the come-from-behind win over Rennes at the Allianz Riviera.
Siebatcheu started for Rennes as the lone striker in their 4-2-3-1 formation.
Nice got things going from the start and pushed for goals, with Myziane Maolida having a good opportunity from point-blank range, but Rennes goalkeeper Tomas Koubek was there to make the save. Pierre-Lees Melou had a chance minutes later with half-volley. His effort beat Koubek, but it did not beat the crossbar as the came crashing off it.
Rennes were trying to get into the game and finally had a chance to open the scoring when Siebatcheu was brought down in the area by Adrien Tameze, leavnig the referee no choice but to point to the spot for a penalty.
However, Benjamin Bourigeaud would fail to covert as his spot kick was saved by Nice goalkeeper Walter Benitez.
Rennes were then gifted a goal in the 58th minute thanks to Malang Sarr as he delfected Romain del Castillo's shot.
Despite taking the lead, the visitors could hold on to it as Nice found the equalizer in the 77th minute. Maolida teed up Allan Saint-Maximin to put his shot past Koubek.
Lees Melou made up for his earlier miss by scoring the game-winner in the 89th minute. Maolida set up his teammate to send a curling shot past Koubek to seal the game.
Rennes now sits in ninth place in the standings with seven points.
In other Ligue 1 action, Matt Miazga started for Nantes and came close to scoring his first goal for the team as they had to settle for a 0-0 tie with Reims.
Down in Ligue 2, Quentin Westberg was between the sticks for Auxerre as they were blanked by Clermont in a 2-0 defeat.