Rennes reached their first ever Coupe de la Ligue final with an
impressive 2-0 win over Montpellier on Wednesday night.
Julien Feret set them on their way early on and Mevlut Erding
made the game safe six minutes after half-time.
Rennes showed greater desire throughout, exemplified by Jonathan
Pitroipa returning from the African Nations Cup specially to play
in the match.
The Burkina Faso winger shot wide in the early stages but his
side went ahead in the seventh minute when a neat passing move
ended with Feret finishing calmly past keeper Laurent Pionnier.
Mevlut Erding failed to add a second after seizing on Hilton’s
woeful back-pass and was nearly punished at the other end, but
Benoit Costil made a superb save from Gaetan Charbonnier, who then
fired the rebound against the post.
The second half started much like the first, with an early
Rennes goal. Pitroipa was the architect, setting up Erding for a
Costil again thwarted Charbonnier and Hilton volleyed over from
close range, but Rennes could have extended their lead as Erding
sliced wide and Roman Alessandrini forced a good diving save from
Rennes will take on St Etienne in the April 20 final after Les
Verts beat Lille 7-6 on penalties on Tuesday night.