After a successful loan spell at Valenciennes, Tongo Doumbia joined Toulouse FC this summer from Wolverhampton Wanderers and on Tuesday night, the French/Malian midfielder got his first goal for his new club and helped them on a way to a very surprising 3-0 victory over Stade Rennais.
After review the second Toulouse goal was actually given to Rennes defender Fallou Diagne, although it was Doumbia that got the vital touch for the away side.
A long high cross was dropped to the back post, Doumbia rose well to get his head on the ball, his looping head beat Rennes keeper Costil and looked to be creeping in over everyone’s head. The ball bounced off the bottom of the post and defender Diagne could only watch as it came off his own legs and crept over the line.
Wolves fans will be interested to know that Doumbia has picked up from where he left off while playing for Valenciennes and the French sides seem to be able to get the best out of a player that fans of the midlands club never quite saw the best of.
Doumbia started against Stade de Reims when Toulouse lost 2-0 and in the 3-3 draw with Caen. Alain Casanova dropped him to the bench for the midweek fixture against Rennes, but he played an hour after injury to Etienne Didot and was on the pitch for all three of their goals.
Toulouse had yet to win away from home this season, so anything but a Rennes win seemed unlikely. Toulouse took a surprise lead after Adrien Regattin set up Aleksandar Pesic after some lovely neat foot work inside the box.
That goal came just before half-time and Doumbia had his hand in making it 2-0 just before the hour. Then only four minutes later, Wissam Ben Yedder made it 3-0 and put the game beyond Rennes.
Regattin again was involved pushing the ball forward unchallenged and raced into the penalty area. He laid it off inside, Ben Yedder took the ball on the turn and fired it past Benoit Costil.
It was a superb away win for Le Téféce and an unexpected one at that. Doumbia should be set for a lengthy run in the first XI and his performances will go a long way in Toulouse finally finding some consistency this season.