Stade Rennes is aiming for their UCL return after beating Olympique Marseille on the weekend to set the final battle in the last round.
Rennes under the former Lyon boss, Bruno Genesio can still hope to finish at least on the third this season to be back in the European top flight next season. This weekend, they managed to smash OM 2-0 at their home turf. The home side were quite superior against Jorge Sampaoli's men who was without their skipper and key man, Dmitri Payet. He has to end his season early due to the serious injury.
In this game, former Lyon man Martin Terrier was the man of the match as he provided two assists for Benjamin Bourigeaoud's and Lovro Majer's goal. Rennes should have added their lead but they lacked of clinical finish. The victory was enough to entail Marseille and Monaco with only three points clear. There are still two berths left for UCL, with one automatic spot plus one for Champions League qualifier place.
The last time, they qualified to UCL was in 2020/21 season after Julian Stephane led Edouard Camavinga and Co to finish third in the previous season.Unfortunately, their campaign ended too soon as they could only sit at the bottom of the table by collecting only one point below the eventual champion Chelsea, Sevilla and FC Krasnodar.
Rennes vs Marseille 2-0
Goals: Benjamin Bourigeaoud (12), Lovro Majer (35)
Rennes: Gomis – Adrian Truffert (Birger Meling 80), Traore, Omari, Aguerd – Baptiste Santamaria, Lovro Majer, Flavien Tait (Jonas Martin 80) – Benjamin Bourigeaoud (Lorenz Assignon 76), Gaetan Laborde (Serhou Gourassy 80), Martin Terrier (Lesley Ugochukwu 91)
Olympique Marseille: Steve Mandanda – William Saliba, Duje Caleta Car (Bamba Dieng 64), Valentin Rongier, Peres – Matteo Guendouzi, Pape Gueye (Pol Lirola 76), Kamara – Gerson, Cengiz Under, Armin Harit
Rennes would need to secure another win plus hoping that either Marseille or Monaco stumble next week. Should they only muster a draw, Martin Terrier and Co's chance even to play in Europa League might be in danger too as they only have two points difference from Strasbourg led by their former manager, Julian Stephane.
The final battle also takes place at the other end of Ligue 1 standing. Bordeaux, St. Etienne and Metz are fighting for the last shot for safety, the relegation playoff on the 18th of the table. They are only separated by two points. Metz and St. Etienne share the same 31 points whereas Bordeaux is at the bottom with two points behind. Whichever side manages to seal a playoff spot would be facing off Ligue 1 winner in 1996, AJ Auxerre. They are on the verge of returning to the top tier along with Toulouse and Ajaccio.
Here are the final games in Ligue 1 this season:
Clermont Foot vs Lyon
Brest vs Bordeaux
Angers vs Montpellier
Reims vs Nice
Paris Saint-Germain vs Metz
Nantes vs Saint-Etienne
Marseille vs Strasbourg
Lorient vs Troyes
Lille vs Rennes
Lens vs Monaco