A great success in the Breton derby, a new official recruit, the Lorient Ultras who were celebrating their 27th anniversary… It was a party night at the Moustoir.
Before kick-off, Baba Dieng was presented to the public, thus confirming his transfer from OM after several days of negotiations and twists and turns.
The 22-year-old Senegalese striker arrives in Lorient for the sum of €7 million (+ €3 million in bonuses) and a two-and-a-half-year contract (with an option for two additional years).
Bamba Dieng is introduced to the public at Moustoir
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From the stands, Dieng must have enjoyed seeing his new team hurt the Rennais very badly in the first period.
Thanks to the Tunisian international Montasser Talbi (1-0, 13th) who rose very high and Théo Le Bris (2-0; 31st), Lorient logically broke away.
Without the multiple parades of Steve Mandanda, in particular on a face-to-face with Ibrahima Kone (39th), the score could even have been heavier.
Genesio changes system at the break
Certainly enjoying very little of the waves taken by his team, Bruno Genesio decided to change the system at the break by going back to a 3-man defense and making three changes, Santamaria, Tait and Sulemana replacing Ugochukwu, Majer and Wooh.
This tactical reorganization changed the face of the match.
But if Fabien Tait reduced the score (2-1, 71st), Lorient, who went into solidarity mode after the flamboyance of the 1st period, resisted well.
While Lorient is looking for a new goalkeeper and thinking of Alphonse Areola (West Ham), the Italian Vito Mannone shows that he can be better than a double.
He preserved the success of the Hakes on a header from Amine Gouiri which he diverts on his crossbar (89th).
The Moustoir audience could explode.
Even after the departure of its two top scorers, Dango Ouattara (Bournemouth) and Terem Moffi (soon in Nice), something continues to happen in Lorient, 6th in L1 now two points from Rennais (5th).
In Rennes, questions may arise.
Often irresistible in its Roazhon Park, this team can no longer do it outside.
The recent PSG scorer conceded his third defeat in a row on the road after those in Reims and Clermont.