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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 Marseille 14 31
2 Paris St Germain 14 30
3 Lyon 14 27
4 Nantes 14 24
5 Bordeaux 14 24
6 St Etienne 14 23
7 Rennes 14 22
8 Monaco 14 20
9 Montpellier 14 20
10 Reims 14 19
11 Nice 14 18
12 Metz 14 18
13 Toulouse 14 17
14 Lille 13 16
15 Bastia 14 14
16 Caen 14 13
17 Lorient 14 13
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 13 13
19 Guingamp 14 12
20 RC Lens 14 11