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French Ligue 1

Route de Lorient (ATT 14,865) 21st September 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Mikael Lesage

Rennes Rennes vs AC Ajaccio AC Ajaccio

Rennes 2

F Kadir (13, 16)


AC Ajaccio 0

Rennes close the gap

Last Updated: 21/09/13 9:51pm

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Nelson Oliveira takes a tumble.

Nelson Oliveira takes a tumble.

Foued Kadir's quickfire double earned Rennes a 2-0 victory and left them just two points behind Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.

Kadir twice embarrassed defender Benjamin Andre as he struck in the 13th and 16th minutes to set up an untroubled 2-0 win for his side.

They were dominant throughout and though they could not add to their lead, they never looked like being pegged back as Aboubacar Camara's late header over was hapless Ajaccio's best sight of goal.

The opener came when Jonathan Pitroipa picked out Kadir just outside the penalty area and he shimmied past Andre before curling the ball beyond both goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and covering defender Ronald Zubar.

Just three minutes later, he produced a repeat performance as he again went past the bewildered Andre and fired past Mexico international Ochoa.

Burkina Faso star Pitroipa tried to get in on the act 10 minutes before half-time when he linked up with Nelson Oliveira and sent in a low shot which Ochoa saved.

The second half started in a familiar vein, with Oliveira teed up by Julien Feret but finding Ochoa equal to his drive.

Paul Lasne's drive flashed just past the post and Vincent Pajot also threatened with a 20-yard drive after good work by Kadir, but Ochoa saved again to keep his side in touch.

They were unable to mount any form of response, though, with the only threat to Rennes' superiority coming when Stefan Popescu crossed and Camara dived on to the ball but sent his header over the bar.

Rennes lie fifth, level on points with third-placed Paris St Germain, though the latter face Monaco on Sunday.

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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