Saint-Etienne 2-1 Rennes: Ryad Boudebouz downs defending champions and books final spot

Saint-Etienne will function in a primary Coupe de France ultimate since 1982 after defeating Rennes on Thursday.

Substitute Ryad Boudebouz’s stoppage-time winner despatched Saint-Etienne into the Coupe de France ultimate with a dramatic 2-1 victory over protecting champions Rennes on Thursday.

A groovy end into the bottom-right nook within the 94th minute from Boudebouz despatched the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard into raptures and booked a gathering with Paris Saint-Germain on April 25.

Saint-Etienne began the brighter of the 2 aspects however discovered themselves in the back of when M’Baye Niang resoundingly transformed a 33rd-minute penalty awarded following William Saliba’s foul on Raphinha.

Timothee Kolodziejczak restored parity forward of half-time and Boudebouz – who had changed Yann M’Vila within the 83rd minute – struck on the closing, with the general whistle adopted through a pitch invasion from the jubilant house supporters.

 

Saint-Etienne began smartly however Lois Diony spurned two first rate probabilities, one each side of taking part in in Yohan Cabaye for an effort that used to be cleared off the road through Damien Da Silva within the 18th minute.

However, it used to be Rennes who discovered the again of the web first. Arsenal loanee Saliba stuck Raphinha within the field and Niang blasted the penalty into the roof of the web.

The hosts have been dealt some other blow when Cabaye limped off injured within the 39th minute, however Kolodziejczak ensured they went in at half-time stage with a super header from Diony’s left-wing supply.

Mathieu Debuchy made crucial clearance with Niang lurking six mins after the restart, whilst Romain Del Castillo used to be booked for diving after slicing within Saliba.

The sport seemed destined for overtime when Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy stored out Debuchy and replace Charles Abi noticed his follow-up effort brilliantly blocked through Hamari Traore.

However, Boudebouz took over when Denis Bouanga were given the ball caught underneath his ft and despatched a fab end previous Mendy from 18 yards to ship the decisive blow.

 

What does it imply? Saint-Etienne finish 38-year wait

Only PSG and Marseille have received greater than Sainte’s six Coupe de France titles, however they closing lifted the trophy long ago in 1977.

Claude Puel has now guided them to a primary ultimate since 1982, once they fell to PSG on consequences. They will hope to steer clear of the similar destiny on the Stade de France subsequent month.

Two aspects of Diony

He can have didn’t benefit from a few openings within the first 1/2, however Diony’s link-up play used to be a very powerful in probably the most threatening moments for his crew and he ended the sport with an lend a hand.

Quiet Camavinga

Real Madrid are reportedly concerned about signing 17-year-old Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga however he struggled to justify the ones hyperlinks and used to be a peripheral determine following an early reserving.

What’s subsequent?

Saint-Etienne will hope to edge additional clear of Ligue 1’s backside 3 once they host Bordeaux on Sunday, when Rennes welcome fellow Champions League hopefuls Montpellier.