LIVE – Multiplex Europa League: Milan stifles Rennes, Toulouse resists, Lens ineffective


Danso suspended for second leg

The Lensois defender will not play the return match next Thursday in Germany.


The results at the break

Lens 0-0 Friborg AC Milan 1-0 Rennes (Loftus-Cheek, 32e)
Benfica 0-0 Toulouse
Braga 1-1 Qarabağ


Joao Mario narrowly misses the target (46th, Benfica 0-0 Toulouse)

The Portuguese playmaker was at the conclusion of a great Lisbon opportunity and attempted a low left-footed shot which grazed the left post of the Toulouse cage.


Diouf not followed (45th, Lens 0-0 Fribourg)

Andy Diouf escapes several defenders and sinks into the Friborg area. He tries to center but finds… no one.


In video, Milan’s opening score against Rennes


Rennes goes on the attack (43rd, AC Milan 1-0 Rennes)

The men dressed in white finally have the ball in the opposing camp and seek the surface with a cross from Truffert, in vain.


Yellow card for Danso (42nd, Lens 0-0 Fribourg)

The Lensois defender is late and commits a foul on Höfler! he receives a yellow card, the first of the match.


The bar saves the Téf’! (38th, Benfica 0-0 Toulouse)

Rafa Silva shows up again! On his right side, the Portuguese curls a shot which leaves everyone on their heels, including Guillaume Restes. His attempt hits the bar.


Do this story (37e, Lens 0-0 Fribourg)

The Japanese is served on a long ball and attempts a left-footed shot in front of the goal. But here too, Doan misses the point.


Toulouse resists (36e, Befinca 0-0 Toulouse)

Di Maria had a genius inspiration towards Rafa Silva. The Portuguese shoots with his tiptoe at first intention and finds the small outside net of Remains.


Sotoca, well above (35th, Lens 0-0 Fribourg)

The Lensois center forward controls, turns around and attempts a shot but the ball goes… into the stands.


AC MILAN OPENS THE SCORE! (32nd, AC Milan 1-0 Rennes)

The inevitable happened. Lonely, Florenzi was able to advance calmly to cross towards Ruben Loftus-Cheek alone too, the Englishman’s header is perfect and uses Mandanda’s post to return. The Rossoneris take the lead!


Di Maria gave an opportunity (32nd, Benfica 0-0 Toulouse)

The corner taken by the ex-Parisian goes to the far post without a taker.


Above for Da Costa (30th, Lens 0-0 Fribourg)


The Lensois N.10 is in a good position, attempts a shot but the shot once again escapes the target.


Sotoca misses his recovery (28th, Lens 0-0 Fribourg)

Served in depth by Danso, the Lensois center forward attempts a recovery in a difficult position. The ball flees the frame.


Sallai misses his header (27th, Lens 0-0 Fribourg)

The Hungarian is perfectly served in the area by Doan but misses his header! Sallai was however in a good position.


Dallinga misses narrowly (Benfica 0-0 Toulouse)

The Toulouse number 9 was twice unsuccessful in his actions. First on a pass towards the surface, then by missing his shot.


Lens pushes (26th, Lens 0-0 Fribourg)

Sotoca throws Pereira Da Costa perfectly but his ball is blocked and flies right next to the cages!


Keitel’s good tackle (23rd, Lens 0-0 Fribourg)

Haïdara controls his ball and advances dangerously towards the goal but Keitel tackles well to get the ball out.


The Bretons suffer (22nd, AC Milan 0-0 Rennes)


Milan’s fifth corner and Rennes still blocks its area just as well, they are in tune with the French.


The bar for Sallai (19th, Lens 0-0 Fribourg)

On the right side in the Lens area, the Hungarian unleashes a heavy shot which hits the bar! First alert.


Wahi jostled in the area, no foul (17th, Lens 0-0 Fribourg)

The center forward is slightly pushed by Makengo but no penalty.


Kokcu warms up (Benfica 0-0 Toulouse)

Number 10 warms up his right paw by trying a first shot from distance, it goes wide, well judged by Guillaume Restes.


Stade Rennais secures its axis (AC Milan 0-0 Rennes)

The Bretons concede a new corner, compact they correctly block the axis of the goal.


Shot on target from Doan (14th, Lens 0-0 Fribourg)

After a good collective movement, the Japanese attempts a strike. But the latter is too crushed to worry Samba.


Frankowski loses the ball (12th, Lens 0-0 Fribourg)

The Pole is served in depth but cannot recover the ball.


Téfécé wastes a cartridge on a corner (Benfica 0-0 Toulouse)

The corner played by two, then sent to the far post finds no one and goes 6 meters.


The first offensives are Italian (8th, AC Milan 0-0 Rennes)

After a first attempt from Leao, the Rossoneris take two corners in a row. Reijnders tried his luck from afar, the first scare passed over Mandanda.


The Milanese confiscate the ball (7th, AC Milan 0-0 Rennes)

Possession is local, and from afar! 83% for Italians.


Corner for Lens (8th, Lens 0-0 Fribourg)

Keitel counters the ball and concedes a corner. The first of the game.


The Germans keep (5th, Lens 0-0 Fribourg)

Friborg holds the ball at the start of the match and puts the Lens defense to contribution.


First Toulouse foul (2nd, Benfica 0-0 Toulouse)

Dallinga recovered the ball irregularly and commits the first foul of this match.


Foul on Haïdara (1st, Lens 0-0 Fribourg)

The Lensois defender is caught by Höler and collects a foul.


C’est party à Lens !


It’s off on all three grounds! (1st)

All the players for this European evening are in place, the meetings have kicked off. Here we go!


The French clubs are on track!

San Siro, Estadio de la Luz, Bollaert, all the lawns are ready to welcome our 3 French representatives in the evening, the players take the stage.


Duel of Rossoneris à Milan


The Milanese face other reds and blacks this Thursday evening at San Siro, and they will especially hear them! 10% of the stadium will be French, and the Bretons will be between 8 and 10,000 pushing Stade Rennais. And that’s good, since Rennes has had a string of good performances, they have recorded 8 wins in a row and are slowly moving up the Ligue 1 standings. But the observation is the same for their opponents. Except in the cup, the Lombards have not experienced defeat for 11 matches, and are coming off a success against Napoli despite their large number of injuries. This is the most enticing poster of these play-offs, and Rennes will have to show that they are capable of overturning mountains, like in 2019 against Arsenal in this same C3.


Toulouse has nothing to lose

Very poorly off to 14th place in Ligue 1, eliminated from the Coupe de France, the Violets only have the C3 to dream of. Aside from their historic success against Liverpool, Carles Martinez Novel’s men have a more than average record and only have 4 small victories in the league since the start of the season. Opposite, Benfica is fighting tied on points with Sporting at the top of the Portuguese league. With the exception of the cup, the Benfiquists have been undefeated since November 8 and a setback at Real Sociedad (3-1). The challenge is enormous for Toulouse, but like FC Nantes on a European evening in Turin last season, they at least have the right to dream.


Lens confident against the Germans


The RCL presents itself as favorite against a Friborg team in difficulty. Undefeated in Bollaert during their 3 Champions League matches (against Arsenal, PSV and Sevilla), the fortress of Lensois welcomes the FCF which has chained three defeats in a row against Werder of Bremen, Stuttgart and Dortmund. For their part it’s the opposite, the Sangs et Or put their heads back together after the disillusionment against Paris (2-0), and won three times consecutively in Toulouse and Nantes, this weekend they beat Strasbourg (3-1) at home.


Maignan, Hernandez and Giroud against the Bretons!

The three French players are lined up from the start to face the red and black.


The Rennes holders at San Siro!

Terrier and Kalimuendo lead the attack, the Doué brothers are also there.


Benfica’s squad!

Otamendi, Di Maria and Joao Mario are present to face Téf’.


The eleven of Téfécé in Lisbon!

Remains keeps the purple goals, Dallinga is up front.


Friborg presents its holders!

The Frenchman Makengo starts the match, the other tricolor Sildillia is on the bench.


The composition of blood and gold!

Lens presents itself to Bollaert with Wahi, Samba and Sotoca.


Hello and welcome to all !

After the Champions League, the Europa League is back! This evening at 9 p.m. three French clubs play their first leg play-off, on the program: Lens – Fribourg, AC Milan – Rennes and Benfica – Toulouse.

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