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Marcel-Picot 9th November 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Mikael Lesage

Nancy Nancy vs Rennes Rennes

Nancy 1

S Zenke (50)

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Rennes 3

M Erdinc (21)
R Alessandrini (74)
J Pitroipa (84)

Rennes edge dramatic finale

Last Updated: 09/11/12 11:11pm

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Mevlut Erding after putting Rennes ahead

Mevlut Erding after putting Rennes ahead

Rennes were grateful to goalkeeper Benoit Costil after he saved a late penalty minutes before Jonathan Pitroipa wrapped up a 3-1 victory at Nancy with a goal five minutes from time.

Victory guides Rennes to fifth in Ligue 1 with their hosts remaining rooted to the bottom with just five points.

It was Nancy, though, who came within inches of opening the scoring after quarter of an hour when only the outstretched leg of John Boye prevented Yohan Mollo from converting Massadio Haidara's whipped cross from the left wing.

Rennes then took the lead. Chris Mavinga found space on the left and bent a teasing cross to the far post which found Mevlut Erding, who had lost his marker before heading beyond goalkeeper Guy N'dy Assembe.

Erding continued to cause problems for Nancy with two efforts in the space of a minute blocked by the home defence but there was still just one goal between the sides at the break.

Nancy duly equalised six minutes into the second half. Simon Zenke turned Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik inside out before slamming a right-footed shot into the top left corner of the goal.

Romain Alessandrini dragged a shot narrowly wide for Rennes minutes before his team-mate Pitroipa cleared off the line from Thomas Ayasse's header.

However, it was the visitors who scored next with an absolutely stunning goal from Alessandrini after 74 minutes.

Kevin Theophile-Catherine's free-kick was helped on by Erding towards Alessandrini who slammed a first time left-footed volley into the top left corner of the goal.

With nine minutes left Nancy were awarded a penalty when Boye brought down Zenke.

Paul Alo'o Efoulou sent a right-footed shot towards the bottom right corner but Costil got down and made a superb save.

And Rennes took full advantage with five minutes left when Pitroipa profited from a Massadio Haidara misjudgement to poke the ball over N'dy Assembe before nodding the ball into an empty net.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23