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French Ligue 1

Geoffroy-Guichard 26th October 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Kalt

St Etienne St Etienne vs Rennes Rennes

St Etienne 2

P Aubameyang (22)
R Cohade (49)

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Rennes 0

M Erdinc (S/O 90+5)

St Etienne on the up

Last Updated: 26/10/12 10:24pm

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates his opener

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates his opener

St Etienne moved up to sixth in Ligue 1, at least temporarily, with a comfortable 2-0 win over Rennes.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the hosts an interval lead and Renaud Cohade's header early in the second half made the points safe.

Rennes' frustration spilled over when striker Mevlut Erding was sent off deep into stoppage time.

After a quiet start to the game, Rennes were first to seriously threaten when Erding released Julien Feret, whose shot was saved by Stephane Ruffier.

But just two minutes later, St Etienne were ahead when Max Gradel surged down the right and crossed for Aubameyang to finish from close range.

Ruffier saved Jonathan Pitroipa's volley and Gradel, after another solo run, saw a powerful shot beaten away by Benoit Costil as half-time arrived with no addition to the score.

It took only three minutes of the second period for the home side to double their lead when Brandao's header set up Cohade to score with a right-footed volley from outside the box.

Ruffier again denied Pitroipa and Costil saved from Aubameyang before Rennes had their best chance to pull a goal back.

Sadio Diallo created the chance, setting up Romain Alessandrini whose superb volley forced a sharp reflex save from Ruffier.

St Etienne could have extended their lead still further with six minutes remaining when Romain Hamouma latched on to Francois Clerc's pass and went past Romain Danze before hammering a shot against the crossbar.

And the night finished on a sour note for Rennes when Erding lunged in on Jean-Pascal Mignot and was rightly shown a red card.

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Table

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