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Route de Lorient 16th April 2012 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: Benoit Bastien

Rennes Rennes vs Nice Nice

Rennes 3

J Feret (23)
T Doumbia (44)
J Pitroipa (82)

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Nice 1

F Clerc (59)

Rennes maintain European push

French side bounce back from cup humiliation

Last Updated: 16/04/12 11:23pm

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Tongo Doumbia: Doubled Rennes' advantage on their way to three precious points

Tongo Doumbia: Doubled Rennes' advantage on their way to three precious points

Rennes maintained their push for European football next season with a solid 3-1 victory at home to relegation battlers Nice on Monday night.

Goals by Julien Feret and Tongo Doumbia had the hosts in control at the break and, although Francois Clerc reduced the deficit, Rennes made sure of the points thanks to Jonathan Pitroipa's 82nd-minute strike.

The win means Rennes are now fifth, just two points behind fourth place and a Europa League berth, while Nice stay a point above the drop zone.

The home side had a point to prove after last week's humiliating defeat against third-tier Quevilly which cost them a place in the Coupe de France final later this month.

With the home crowd whistling their every touch, Rennes looked fired up and Youssouf Hadji's volley after 12 minutes forced Nice goalkeeper David Ospina to save.

Reflex stop

Ospina again was in action on 18 minutes, Feret with a stunning shot that brought a reflex stop from the custodian.

The breakthrough came after 22 minutes, this time Feret receiving the ball from Yacine Brahimi and firing a low shot beyond Ospina.

The second goal arrived a minute before the break, Feret again involved as his header picked out Doumbia who confidently headed home.

Ospina was again in action on 52 minutes, producing a fine stop to deny Brahimi, but seven minutes later - and against the run of play - Nice were back in it.

Eric Mouloungui, just back after five weeks out with an ankle problem, flicked the ball on and Clerc ran on to the ball before finishing low and hard.

The game was finally put to bed in the final 10 minutes, however, Romain Danze's long ball collected by Pitroipa, who beat Didier Digard before slotting past Ospina.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15

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