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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)


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 Lyon 27 54
2 Paris St Germain 27 53
3 Marseille 27 50
4 Monaco 26 44
5 St Etienne 27 43
6 Montpellier 26 42
7 Bordeaux 27 42
8 Nantes 27 36
9 Lille 27 35
10 Rennes 27 35
11 Guingamp 27 35
12 Caen 27 34
13 Nice 27 34
14 Bastia 27 33
15 Reims 27 32
16 Lorient 26 31
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 26 29
18 Toulouse 27 29
19 RC Lens 27 22
20 Metz 27 22