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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 Paris St Germain 35 74
2 Lyon 35 71
3 Monaco 35 65
4 Marseille 35 60
5 St Etienne 35 60
6 Bordeaux 35 56
7 Montpellier 35 53
8 Lille 35 53
9 Rennes 35 50
10 Guingamp 35 46
11 Nantes 35 44
12 Bastia 35 43
13 Nice 35 42
14 Caen 35 39
15 Lorient 35 39
16 Toulouse 35 39
17 Reims 35 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 35 37
19 Metz 35 30
20 RC Lens 35 26