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Francis le Ble 27th April 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: L Jaffredo

Brest Brest vs Rennes Rennes

Brest 0


Rennes 2

A Doucoure (28)
V Montano (37)

Brest facing relegation

Last Updated: 27/04/13 10:46pm

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Rennes celebrate Abdoulaye Doucoure's goal

Rennes celebrate Abdoulaye Doucoure's goal

Brest slipped nearer to Ligue 2 after a 2-0 hom defeat against Rennes on Saturday.

First-half goals from Abdoulaye Doucoure and Victor Montano did the damage and while Rennes remain in the top half of the table, Brest are concerned only with survival.

They are five points adrift of that line, though, a situation which would become even more bleak should Evian earn an unlikely result against leaders Paris St Germain.

The hosts at least started in encouraging fashion today, Larsen Toure volleying just over from Bruno Grougi's cross.

But they fell behind before the half-hour mark as Burkina Faso playmaker Jonathan Pitroipa sent Doucoure in on goal and he fired low past goalkeeper Alexis Thebaux.

Grougi's free-kick was turned goalwards by Johan Martial but saved by Benoit Costil, and Brest fell further behind in the 37th minute.

Julien Feret was the provider with a well-judged pass which Montano nodded past Thebaux from close range to make it 2-0 at the interval.

Thebaux had to be at his best to prevent Doucoure making it three just five minutes after the break when the midfielder lashed Pitroipa's pass goalwards.

Brest should have cut the deficit in the 54th minute when the impressive Grougi crossed and Adama Ba inexplicably failed to convert from close range.

Another good pass from Grougi was superbly volleyed at goal by Benoit Lesoimier, only for Costil to produce an equally good save.

And Lesoimier turned provider a minute later when Ousmane Coulibaly forced an extraordinary point-blank save out of Costil.

It was not to be, though, for Brest, who must surely win their remaining home games against fellow strugglers Sochaux and Nancy if they are to stand any chance of preserving their top-flight status.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 27 54
2 Paris St Germain 26 52
3 Marseille 27 50
4 St Etienne 27 43
5 Monaco 25 43
6 Bordeaux 27 42
7 Montpellier 25 39
8 Nantes 27 36
9 Lille 27 35
10 Rennes 27 35
11 Guingamp 27 35
12 Caen 27 34
13 Nice 26 34
14 Bastia 27 33
15 Reims 27 32
16 Lorient 26 31
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 26 29
18 Toulouse 27 29
19 RC Lens 27 22
20 Metz 27 22