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Route de Lorient 16th September 2012 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: Mikael Lesage

Rennes Rennes vs Lorient Lorient

Rennes 1

J Pitroipa (71)
C Diarra (S/O 79)


Lorient 2

A Traore (23, 43)
M Baca (S/O 32)
F Audard (S/O 54)

Lorient win bad-tempered clash

Last Updated: 16/09/12 4:39pm

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Celebrations for Traore at Rennes.

Celebrations for Traore at Rennes.

Lorient preserved their unbeaten start to the Ligue 1 season with a 2-1 victory at Rennes in a controversial affair which saw three players sent off.

Two goals from Alain Traore put the visitors in the driving seat but that was tempered by red cards for Maxine Baca and goalkeeper Fabien Audard.

Rennes replied through Jonathan Pitroipa but they also finished the match a man down with Cheick Diarra given his marching orders.

The drama began as early as the fourth minute when Victor Hugo Montana was denied an opening goal for Rennes after his low strike came back off the left post.

Lorient capitalised on the miss by taking the lead after 23 minutes. Lucas Mareque picked out Traore in a central position and the Burkina Faso striker was accurate with his left-footed shot.

Their joy had lasted nine minutes before Baca became the first player to see red for a two-footed challenge on Pitroipa.

However, they defied their man deficit to go two-up a minute before the interval thanks to a sublime 30-yard free-kick from Traore, which nestled in the top right corner.

Lorient were hit by another bout of indiscipline after 54 minutes when Pitroipa was again brought crashing to the ground, this time by Audard who had few arguments with the subsequent red card.

Rennes saw this as their opportunity to hit back and after Sadio Diallo came close with a free-kick, the home side were on the scoresheet after 71 minutes.

A poor touch from defender Wesley Lautoa gifted the ball to Pitroipa, who slammed a shot high into the net.

The game appeared set for an exciting finish, but the sting was taken out of things with another red card 12 minutes from the whistle - this time for substitute Diarra, who was sent back to the dressing room just 10 minutes after coming off the bench for a reckless lunge at Traore.

The Lorient striker then almost capped a fine individual display with a hat-trick but his late drive from distance was tipped over the bar by home goalkeeper Benoit Costil.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 22 48
2 Paris St Germain 23 47
3 Marseille 22 44
4 St Etienne 22 40
5 Monaco 22 39
6 Montpellier 22 35
7 Bordeaux 22 33
8 Nice 22 31
9 Nantes 22 31
10 Rennes 23 30
11 Reims 22 29
12 Guingamp 22 28
13 Lille 22 27
14 Bastia 22 23
15 Lorient 22 23
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 22 23
17 Toulouse 22 22
18 Caen 22 21
19 RC Lens 22 20
20 Metz 22 20