Vitesse and Lois Openda managed to secure the draw on the road to Rennes, 3-3, in Matchday 5 of the group stage of the Europa League. This result means that both teams have their fate in their hands as the final day approaches. Rennes opened the scoring quickly thanks to a goal from Gaëtan Laborde, served by Martin Terrier (9th). Laborde recovered half an hour later to double the Rennes lead (39th), before Huisman revived Vitesse, shortly before half-time (43rd).
Laborde thought he had offered his 3 points with a hat-trick (69th), but the Dutch came back once again in the game with a goal from Buitink (75th). It is Loïs Openda, holder at the forefront, who released his own by scoring the goal synonymous with equalization at the last minute of regulation time (90th).
In addition to Loïs Openda, who therefore played the entire match and received a yellow card in passing (40th), Jérémy Doku was back on the Rennes bench for the 2nd time in a row since his return from injury, after 3 months of absence. . He climbed in the 73rd minute in place of Lovro Majer. The young winger had played his first minutes since August 22, coming into play last weekend against Montpellier, at the very end of the game.
Rennes (11 points) and Vitesse (7 points) occupy the first 2 places in group G, ahead of Tottenham (7 points) who were beaten by the Slovenes of Mura (3 points). This surprising result allows Rennes and Vitesse to have their fate in their hands before the last day which will see Spurs receive Rennes, and Vitesse welcome Mura.
Adnan Januzaj stood out with an assist in the loss of Real Sociedad, 2-1 away to Monaco. In Group B, Real Sociedad lost, 2-1, to AS Monaco. Monegasque goals were scored by Volland (28th) and Fofana (38th), while the only Spanish goal was scored by Isak, on a serve from Adnan Januzaj (35th). The Belgian, holder, was replaced in the 75th minute by Portu. Among the visited, Eliot Matazo rose in stoppage time, in the 91st minute, in place of Golovin.
In the other meeting of the group, PSV disposed of Sturm Graz on the score of 2-0, thanks to goals from Carlos Vinicius, on penalty (45th) and Bruma (56th). Yorbe Vertessen, who started the game on the bench of PSV, climbed in the 58th minute in place of the first scorer, Carlos Vinicius.
PSV (8 points) will compete for qualification with Real Sociedad (6 points) in San Sebastian on the final day. Only a victory will be synonymous with the next round for the Basques. Monaco are guaranteed to finish 1st with 11 points, while Sturm Graz is last with 1 point.
In Group C, Leicester did the right thing by beating Legia, 3-1. The goals were first scored by Daka (11th) and Maddison (21st), before the Polish response from Mladenovic (26th). Ndidi planted the 3rd English goal shortly after the half hour (33rd). Timothy Castagne started in Leicester’s defense and played the entire game, while Tielemans was sidelined with a calf injury.
With Napoli’s defeat at Spartak Moscow yesterday, Leicester climbed from last to 1st in the standings with 8 points. Nothing was done, however, since Spartak Moscow and Naples, with 7 points, followed behind the English and themselves only had 1 point ahead of Legia, 4th.