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French Ligue 1

Route de Lorient (ATT 17,068) 10th August 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: W Bien

Rennes Rennes vs Reims Reims

Rennes 2

V Pajot (9)
M Erdinc (84)

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Reims 1

G Krychowiak (45)

Erding earns Rennes the spoils

Last Updated: 10/08/13 11:01pm

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Mevlut Erding celebrates his late winner

Mevlut Erding celebrates his late winner

Mevlut Erding scored a late winner as Rennes opened their Ligue 1 campaign with a 2-1 victory against Reims.

Vincent Pajot put the home side ahead in the eighth minute but saw his early score cancelled out just before half-time by Grzegorz Krychowiak.

However, Erding ensured Rennes got their season off to a winning start when he slotted a low shot past Reims goalkeeper Kossi Agassa in the 84th minute.

Reims almost took the lead in the sixth minute when Odair Fortes brought the ball up on the left and crossed toward the goal, where Gaetan Courtet volleyed, forcing Benoit Costil to make excellent reflex save.

The visitors were left to rue that missed chance soon after as Pajot made them pay with a close-range volley to give Rennes the lead.

Jonathan Pitroipa and Anders Konradsen worked well in midfield before freeing Pajot, who fired past Agassa with a brutal strike.

Agassa blocked Kevin Theopile-Catherine just before the half hour mark but it was not the last action of the first period as Krychowiak levelled for Reims on the stroke of half-time.

Floyd Ayite took a corner and fired the ball into the box where Krychowiak tapped it past Costil from close range.

Both sides had chances after the break but it was Erding who made the telling contribution when he raced down the right wing and beat two defenders to place a low shot past Agassa.

With little time left on the clock, Reims were unable to mount another meaningful attack as Rennes ensured their season started with a home victory.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 79
2 Monaco 33 69
3 Lille 33 63
4 St Etienne 34 57
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 33 51
7 Bordeaux 33 45
8 Reims 33 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Lorient 33 41
11 Bastia 33 41
12 Nantes 33 40
13 Rennes 34 39
14 Nice 33 39
15 Montpellier 33 38
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 33 35
18 Sochaux 33 30
19 Valenciennes 33 29
20 AC Ajaccio 33 20