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Route de Lorient 24th November 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Benoit Bastien

Rennes Rennes vs Evian Thonon Gaillar Evian

Rennes 0

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Evian 1

Z Dhaouadi (79)

Narrow win for Evian

Last Updated: 24/11/12 9:49pm

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Brice Djadjedje and Chris Mavinga tangle.

Brice Djadjedje and Chris Mavinga tangle.

Evian climbed to 15th in the Ligue 1 standings courtesy of a narrow 1-0 victory at the Stade de la Route de Lorient, ending Rennes' four-match winning run.

Substitute Zouheir Dhaouadi netted the game's only goal 11 minutes from time to earn the visitors only their fourth win of the campaign.

The result left Rennes seventh in the standings and booed off by their fans - in stark contrast to last weekend's heroics, when they defeated Paris St Germain 2-1 at the Parc des Princes.

Despite the hosts heading into the match on a high, it was the visitors who mustered the better of the early chances.

Mohammed Rabiu released Fabrice Ehret, who got past Chris Mavinga and unleashed his shot in the 12th minute only for goalkeeper Cheick N'Diaye to make the block.

Ten minutes later Ehret went close again, this time his stunning volley kept out by the crossbar.

Spurred into action by that let-off, Rennes went straight up the other end and twice went close in quick succession but could not find a way past Evian keeper Bertrand Laquait.

First Mevlut Erdinc saw his effort from Julien Feret's cross saved, then Romain Alessandrini had a low shot scrambled away.

The woodwork came to the visitors' rescue six minutes before the break, Aldo Angoula almost heading into his own goal from Jonathan Pitroipa's cross.

Rennes had another chance soon after the restart when Feret freed Erdinc but Laquait again won the duel.

But Evian too were continuing to create their share of opportunities, Youssef Adnane's blast cleared off the line by defender Kevin Theophile Catherine just after the hour mark.

And the deadlock was finally broken in the 79th minute. Brice Dja Djedje pounced on a poor header by Mavinga in the penalty area and fed Dhaouadi, who prodded home from close range.

The home team went close to equalising in stoppage time but Laquait managed to avert the danger after Romain Danze had been put through by Pitroipa.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 26 54
2 Paris St Germain 26 52
3 Marseille 26 50
4 Monaco 25 43
5 St Etienne 26 42
6 Bordeaux 26 41
7 Montpellier 25 39
8 Guingamp 26 35
9 Nice 26 34
10 Bastia 26 33
11 Nantes 26 33
12 Lille 26 32
13 Rennes 26 32
14 Caen 26 31
15 Reims 26 31
16 Lorient 25 28
17 Toulouse 26 28
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 25 26
19 RC Lens 26 22
20 Metz 26 22

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