Hamari Traore ends 37-month Rennes wait with Athletico Marseille stunner

The 27-year-old ended his wait for Les Rennais goal in their game against Consolat Le club des Quartiers Nord on Sunday

Hamari Traore scored his first Rennes goal with a first-half stunner in Sunday’s 2-0 French Cup win over Athletico Marseille, in the process ending his 37-month wait to find the back of the net for Les Rennais.

Twentythree minutes into the game, the Malian gave Julien Stephan’s men the lead at Stade La Martine with a spectacular effort.

The 27-year-old pounced on a loose ball from a Marseille defender to volley home from outside the goal area and past goalkeeper Paul Cattier.

In a productive first-half, Julien Stephan’s men took a two-goal lead into the half-time break thanks to Brazil midfielder Raphinha.

No goals were scored in the second half and the French top-flight side qualified for the competition’s Round of 16.

After brief spells at Paris FC, Lierse and Reims, Traore joined Rennes in 2017.

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The Mali international will be lifted by his effort when Stephan’s team travels to Allianz Riviera for Friday’s Ligue 1 encounter with Nice.

They are third in the log with 36 points from 20 outings so far.


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