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French Ligue 1

Route de Lorient 24th April 2013 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: L Duhamel

Rennes Rennes vs Troyes Troyes

Rennes 1

J Feret (pen 31)

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Troyes 2

J Bahebeck (5)
J Brechet (27)

Rare win for Troyes

Last Updated: 24/04/13 8:29pm

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Jeremie Brechet: Scored for Troyes

Jeremie Brechet: Scored for Troyes

Troyes picked up only their fifth win of the Ligue 1 season with a 2-1 victory at Rennes but remain bottom of the overall standings.

Following on from their Coupe de France quarter-final win over Nancy, Troyes took control after Jean-Christophe Bahebeck and Jeremie Brechet both scored ahead of Rennes midfielder Julien Feret's 30th-minute penalty to seal a much-needed win.

The result means Troyes are now six points from safety with five league games remaining, including matches against fellow strugglers Ajaccio and Evian.

It was a perfect start for Troyes at the Stade de la Route de Lorient when Bahebeck put them ahead in the fourth minute.

Rincon started a counter-attack from the heart of defence and combined with Stephane Darbion and Chris Mavinga, who managed to free striker Bahebeck for a low drive into Benoit Costil's net.

Minutes later, the Rennes goalkeeper was forced to make a superb reflex save to deny a confident Troyes side their second from a dangerous Fabien Camus free-kick.

Benjamin Nivet tested the stopper again with a low strike on the 20-minute mark as the visitors dominated the early play, and they did not have to wait long to double their lead as the unmarked Brechet beat Costil with a header six minutes later.

It was Camus again who delivered a testing 30-yard free-kick, finding Brechet at the near post who buried the ball without hesitation.

Feret pulled one back from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark after Rincon handled the ball in the area, and it proved to be Rennes only real sight of goal, bar a Jonathan Pitroipa strike midway through the second half.

Troyes then missed the chance to add a third in stoppage time after Rennes defender Mavinga gave away a penalty for handball, with Camus' spot-kick being saved by Costil.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 68
2 Lyon 33 65
3 Monaco 33 59
4 Marseille 34 57
5 St Etienne 33 57
6 Bordeaux 34 55
7 Montpellier 33 52
8 Lille 34 50
9 Rennes 34 49
10 Nantes 34 44
11 Guingamp 34 43
12 Nice 34 41
13 Bastia 34 40
14 Toulouse 34 39
15 Caen 34 38
16 Lorient 34 38
17 Reims 33 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 37
19 Metz 33 30
20 RC Lens 33 26