The Stade Rennais scorer delivered a great performance this evening. The former Lyonnais extinguished the Athenian ardor in the 7th minute of play by adjusting the “Pana” goalkeeper on a perfect cross from Enzo Le Fée. The No.10 of the Bretons was very strong throughout the match, as evidenced by his action in the 81st minute when the ex-Niçois hooked the Greek defense with his right foot before sending a heavy deflected shot by Alberto Brignoli. One of Rennais' best scores since the start of the season.
The other strong man behind Rennes’ success. What a match from the former Olympique de Marseille goalkeeper who saved his team more than once. Out of 6 shots taken, the Breton goalkeeper made the save 5 times. Determining and exemplary.
Without hesitation the best Athenian player of the evening. The Greek striker constantly created problems for the Rennes defense who had great difficulty containing him. The No.7 of “Pana” was the only one of his team to harm Steve Mandanda this Thursday evening, by wrong-footing him with the converted penalty in the 61st minute. Ioannidis also showed all his technical quality by participating in the development of his team's offensives. The Panathinaikos scorer could also have scored twice in the 72nd minute, without two miraculous saves from Jeanuël Belocian.
The former Nantes player certainly had one of his worst matches of the season. The talented N.11 from Stade Rennes missed almost everything and was non-existent, whether in creating his team's offensives or finishing. The Breton displays only two strikes attempted in 90 minutes. Nothingness.
Renowned in Europe as being one of the “hottest”, the atmosphere at the Panathinaikos stadium was nothing like that this evening. Overmotivated before kick-off, the Athenian supporters were quickly stunned by Amine Gouiri's goal in the 7th minute. The local fans woke up when Fótis Ioannidis reduced the score, from the penalty spot on the hour mark, but never knew how to get the game going, like their team.