Soccer-Terrier shines as Rennes demolish St Etienne, Puel suspended

Martin Terrier bagged a hat-trick as Stade Rennais moved into second place in Ligue 1 in style with a 5-0 away demolition of bottom side St Etienne, who responded by suspending their coach Claude Puel from his post, on Sunday. Terrier benefited from three assists by Lovro Majer to inspire Rennes to a resounding victory, with Lesley Ugochukwu also scoring to add to Yann Macon's own goal.


Reuters | Updated: 05-12-2021 23:27 IST | Created: 05-12-2021 23:27 IST
Soccer-Terrier shines as Rennes demolish St Etienne, Puel suspended

Martin Terrier bagged a hat-trick as Stade Rennais moved into second place in Ligue 1 in style with a 5-0 away demolition of bottom side St Etienne, who responded by suspending their coach Claude Puel from his post, on Sunday.

Terrier benefited from three assists by Lovro Majer to inspire Rennes to a resounding victory, with Lesley Ugochukwu also scoring to add to Yann Macon's own goal. Rennes have 31 points from 17 games and trail leaders Paris St Germain by 11 points after the capital side salvaged a last-gasp 1-1 draw at RC Lens on Saturday.

St Etienne have 12 points and local media, RMC and L'Equipe reported that the former Southampton boss had been suspended following the rout, his team's ninth defeat this season. Les Verts pressed high early on but it was a risky strategy and Rennes went 2-0 up in the space of five minutes.

Terrier was played through by Majer and beat Etienne Green from close range in the 23rd before doubling the tally with a clever back heel from another Majer pass. On the stroke of halftime, Macon deflected Lorenz Assignon’s strike into his own net.

Terrier completed his hat trick three minutes into the second half with a fine 20-metre shot into the top corner of the net after being set up by Majer. Ugochukwu wrapped it up with a low cross shot seven minutes from time.

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