Les Rouge et Noir let OL off the hook in Brittany...
Clearly fired up for this encounter, it took the Bretons a matter of minutes to prise open a shambolic OL rearguard decisively. Kim Kallstrom, playing in an somewhat unfamiliar left-back role, was coaxed into an error by Jires Ekoko, who exchanged passes with Victor Hugo Montano, dodged Cris’ challenge and then shot into the top corner.
Michel Bastos drew les Gones undeservedly level with a free kick from 25 yards that took a slight deflection en route to the net early in the second period.
By the time Rennes moved ahead, Lyon were lucky to even be on terms. In the first minute Stephane Dalmat passed up a superb chance, though he was well denied by Hugo Lloris, who would do well to beat away an angled drive from Ekoko before the young winger flashed les Rouge et Noir ahead.
At half-time, Lyon should have been positively relieved they were facing only a one-goal deficit, as Rennes poured forward and created a succession of chances, utilising their great pace and technical ability in attack while battling effectively for supremacy in the centre of the field.
Rod Fanni missed a glorious opportunity with 15 minutes on the clock following a corner kick, and Kallstrom would have to clear from the line seconds later after Lloris was beaten by a header from the completely unmarked Romain Danze at the far post.
Dalmat squandered another wonderful opportunity for Frederic Antonetti’s men after a wonderful flowing move, sending a first time shot from 18-yards a whisker by the post. And full debutant Samuel Souprayen, in for the suspended Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, missed a good opportunity too, heading wide of the far post from yet another dangerous corner.
Lyon mustered two serious threatening attacks over the course of the first half. Bafetimbi Gomis drew a wonderful reflex save from Nicolas Douchez immediately after the hosts had forged ahead, while Kallstrom would find the butt of the post with one of the final kicks of the first period.
The goal early in the second period seemed to take some of the momentum from the hosts, though they did have the best of the chances after the interval, forcing Lloris to deny Sylvain Marveaux with a very good stop.
In the penultimate minute, Miralem Pjanic whistled a fine shot just wide for the guests.
Neither unit ultimately did enough to claim the points, although there can be little doubt that Rennes were the slicker side on the night, and that will only add to the pressure mounting on the shoulders of Lyon boss Claude Puel, whose side remain significantly off the pace of Rennes, who remain second in the standings.