It was against Stade Rennais, his club during the 2018-2019 season, that Hatem Ben Arfa scored his very first goal with Bordeaux on Friday night in Ligue 1 (0-1).
Hatem Ben Arfa did not agree with his trainer, Jean-Louis Gasset, and he let it be known: no, the Girondins of Bordeaux do not play maintenance this season, despite the last two losses in League 1 recorded before the international window. Did the rant wake up the whole team? In any case, the Aquitaine club performed well on the Stade Rennais field on Friday, at the start of the 11th day, to take three points (0-1) thanks to a single goal signed HBA!
Very surprisingly, Julien Stéphan’s Rouge et Noirs offered a non-match. At least for 40 minutes. The young coach has certainly spared Steven Nzonzi 4 days to face Chelsea, in the Champions League, but we expected much more from his team … The simple Bordeaux pressing disconcerted the Bretons, who quickly left the ball to the visitors, the latter approaching 60% ball possession before opening the scoring.
Found full axis, Ben Arfa got on his left foot in front of Damien Da Silva and Nayef Aguerd to score in force (37th). For his first goal with the FCGB!
Costil saved by the bar and a post
Rennes therefore took control of the game but being very little inspired in the last opposing third. Two strikes, however, could have revived (or saved) the residents of Roazhon Park, but the superb long shot from Romain Del Castillo found the bar (43rd) and the cross shot from Jérémy Doku hit the post (80th). The great return of Mbaye Niang, entered in place of a replacement Serhou Guirassy (78th), has not changed anything.
Rennes has won only once in 6 days and remains 4th before the rest of this 11th day.
The movie of the match
The classification of Ligue 1