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Route de Lorient 14th December 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: L Duhamel

Rennes Rennes vs Valenciennes Valenc'nes

Rennes 2

J Feret (5)
J Pitroipa (71)

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Valenc'nes 0

Rennes see off Valenciennes

Last Updated: 14/12/12 10:46pm

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Julien Feret celebrates his goal for Rennes

Julien Feret celebrates his goal for Rennes

Rennes moved into the top four of Ligue 1 after goals in either half from Julien Feret and Jonathan Pitroipa gave them a 2-0 victory over Valenciennes on Friday night.

Feret put the home side ahead after just four minutes with a fine finish and he was also involved in the build-up to Rennes' second goal in the 70th minute, which was scored by Pitroipa.

The victory was Rennes' first in three games and saw them move to within three points of second-placed Paris St Germain.

Valenciennes, meanwhile, remain in eighth after losing for a third time in five matches.

Rennes dominated the early exchanges and, after Romain Alessandrini had been denied by visiting goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau, the hosts took the lead when Cheick Diarra delivered a superb pass to Feret on the edge of the box and the striker produced an equally memorable finish to find the back of the net.

The same Rennes pair combined again in the 11th minute but this time Penneteau was able to save from Diarra after he had been set up by Feret.

Valenciennes finally gave Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil something to do in the 19th minute when Mathieu Dossevi tried his luck, but there was no way through and it was a similar story on the half-hour when Vincent Aboubakar failed to make the most of a poor back-pass from home defender Kevin Theopile Catherine.

The visitors created another opening at the start of the second half and Jose Saez was unfortunate to see his 25-yard half-volley go just wide.

That scare seemed to spark Rennes back into life and Abdoulaye Said Dialler and Pitroipa both went close before the latter made it 2-0 with 20 minutes to go.

Feret stole possession on the halfway line and started a counter-attack that saw Pitroipa released on the right of the area and he beat

Penneteau with a low right-footed drive to seal the victory.

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Table

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