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Route de Lorient (ATT 15,776) 15th March 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Stephane Jochem

Rennes Rennes vs Toulouse Toulouse

Rennes 2

N Oliveira (68)
A Doucoure (87)


Toulouse 3

O Toivonen (og 14)
C Chantome (45)
S Aurier (73)

Toulouse add to Rennes woes

Last Updated: 15/03/14 10:57pm

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Serge Aurier celebrates for Toulouse

Serge Aurier celebrates for Toulouse

Rennes were plunged deeper into the relegation fight in Ligue 1 following a 3-2 defeat at home to Toulouse.

Toulouse were in control of the contest once Ola Toivonen's own goal was followed by Clement Chantome's deflected free-kick just before half-time.

When Rennes did hit back, through Nelson Oliviera, Toulouse took just five minutes to restore their two-goal cushion as Serge Aurier finished a flowing move.

Abdoulaye Doucoure tapped in a late consolation for Rennes, who have lost three on the spin and are now dangerously just three points above the drop zone.

Rennes made a sloppy start and while they were reprieved when Jean Makoun carelessly lost the ball, with Chantome's subsequent drilled shot kept out by Benoit Costil, Toivonen put through his own goal on 14 minutes.

Toivonen deflected Etienne Didot's corner past Costil.

Rennes almost snuck an equaliser on 34 minutes when Jonathan Pitroipa raced forward and fed Alessandrini, whose shot spooned just over.

Toulouse were 2-0 up by the break, though.

Costil had done well to keep out a Wissam Ben Yedder strike but moments later he could do nothing when Chantome's 25-yard free-kick took a nick off Makoun's thigh to wrong-foot the goalkeeper.

Toulouse went in search of a third to kill the game after the break.

Neat combination work between Didot and Ben Yedder forced Costil into a double-fisted clearance before Braithwaite shot straight at the goalkeeper.

Rennes were gifted a route back into the game on 68 minutes when away goalkeeper Zacharie Boucher failed to properly clear an Alessandrini cross to allow Oliviera a simple finish.

Toulouse were not threatened for long those as they soon pieced together a fine move.

Ben Yedder surged into the area from the left and fed Chantome who in turn flicked the ball on for Aurier to supply the finishing touch with a low drive.

Rennes were beaten and while Doucoure tapped in late, after Boucher blocked Alessandrini's overhead kick, the hosts face a relegation scrap.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29