Ben Youssef goal rescues point for 10-man Caen

Caen missed the chance to move up to second spot in Ligue 1 but battled back with 10 men to earn a 1-1 draw at Rennes.

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Syam Ben Youssef is congratulated after netting Caen's equaliser Source: Getty Images

The visitors had Emmanuel Imorou sent off after 36 minutes but Rennes could not make their numerical advantage count until Juan Quintero's goal just after the hour mark.

It looked like Rennes would get their first win for five matches but Syam Ben Youssef equalised 11 minutes from the end.

Giovanni Sio, who really should have scored but shot wide from close range, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Ousmane Dembele all threatened for the hosts before Imorou's red card for a challenge on Sio.

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Ronny Rodelin forced a save from Benoit Costil in a rare first-half attack from Caen but it was largely one-way traffic for the first hour as Remy Vercoutre kept out Kamil Grosicki and Sylvain Armand either side of the break and Sio saw a shot strike a post.

Vercoutre denied Doucoure before being finally beaten by Quintero's left-foot shot from the centre of the box in the 62nd minute.

Rennes seemed to take their foot off the pedal after the goal and Damien Da Silva's header that flashed narrowly wide was a warning they failed to heed as shortly afterwards Youssef netted from close range after a corner.

That stung the hosts back into action and Quintero and Grosicki forced saves from Vercoutre but it was too late and Rennes had to settle for a ninth draw in 18 Ligue 1 matches. Caen remain third but join second-placed Angers on 30 points.


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Published 12 December 2015 at 8:56am
Source: PA Sport