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Auguste-Bonal (ATT 13,070) 6th October 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Benoit Millot

Sochaux Sochaux vs Rennes Rennes

Sochaux 0


Rennes 1

M Erdinc (7)

Erdinc strike lifts Rennes

Last Updated: 06/10/12 10:27pm

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Mevlut Erdinc celebrates for Rennes

Mevlut Erdinc celebrates for Rennes

Mevlut Erdinc's early goal was enough to see off the challenge of former club Sochaux 1-0 and lift Rennes closer to the top half of the Ligue 1 table.

The win maintains the impressive recent record of Frederic Antonetti's men, who are now unbeaten in four matches across all competitions.

Sochaux, however, have lost two on the trot and drop into the bottom three as result of this latest setback.

Rennes' growing confidence became evident after just six minutes when they took the lead through striker Erdinc, who met a cross from Kevin Theophile Catherine with a header which was helped into the net by the woodwork.

The home side instantly raised their game and were unfortunate not to be level 10 minutes later with Roy Contout's snapshot coming back off the post.

Another chance quickly followed but that was also kept at bay this time by goalkeeper Benoit Costil, who got the better of Sebastien Roudet when one on one with the midfielder.

Rennes had to wait until early in the second half for their next opportunity which again fell to Erdinc, although the Turk - a product of Sochaux's academy who went on to play more than 70 first team matches -

fired wide.

Costil was called upon once more after 68 minutes with another fine save to keep out a shot from Sloan Privat, who was looking to provide the finish to a cross from Ryad Boudebouz.

Privat then did his best to tee up Contout but that also came to nothing as his header flashed narrowly wide.

And it became clear it was not Sochaux's night as full time approached when Privat ran on to another ball from Boudebouz but volleyed over the crossbar.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29