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Chaban-Delmas (ATT 19,776) 5th April 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Mikael Lesage

Bordeaux Bordeaux vs Rennes Rennes

Bordeaux 2

G Hoarau (37)
D Rolan (61)

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Rennes 2

A Doucoure (64)
R Alessandrini (68)

Bordeaux held by Rennes

Last Updated: 05/04/14 9:47pm

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Nicolas Maurice makes progress

Nicolas Maurice makes progress

Bordeaux moved up two places to seventh in the Ligue 1 table despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Rennes at Stade Chaban Delmas on Saturday.

The result was the fourth consecutive draw for the home side, who went two goals up thanks to efforts either side of the break from Guillaume Hoarau and Diego Rolan before Abdoulaye Doucoure and Romain Alessandrini struck back in five second-half minutes to clinch a point for Rennes.

The result saw Francis Gillot's side narrowly close the gap on fourth-placed St Etienne to 10 points with six games remaining, while the point meant their opponents - now unbeaten in the last four matches - moved up a spot into 11th.

The home side had the best of the opening exchanges and could have taken the lead early on had Gregory Sertic's curled effort inside the penalty area beaten Benoit Costil at full stretch.

Midway through the first half, Alessandrini's free-kick outside the 18-yard box was blocked by goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso in the air as Rennes pushed for an opener.

But it was Bordeaux who took the lead after 37 minutes. Rolan fed striker Hoarau with a long ball through and the latter coolly controlled it and fired it into the back of the net beating Costil from near the penalty spot.

Both sides took a while to get going in the second half and it took until the hour mark for Gillot's men to double their advantage.

Abdou Traore set up Hoarau on the left, who flicked the ball toward Mariano who in turn picked out Rolan, and the the young Uruguayan took on and beat Costil with a great shot across the goal to land it in the top of the net.

Rennes were not for giving up and struck back with their first goal after 64 minutes as Doucoure got on the end of Jean de Makoun's cross and slotted home from close range.

Four minutes later, the visitors netted the equaliser after more good play from Makoun, who again led the attack and this time freed Grosicki on the right, crossing the ball toward the far post where Alessandrini volleyed from point-blank range to beat Carrasso again.

The home side almost clinched all three points in four minutes of added time but Costil held out Rolan's superb volley as Rennes clung on for a draw.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 14 31
2 Paris St Germain 14 30
3 Lyon 14 27
4 Nantes 14 24
5 Bordeaux 14 24
6 St Etienne 14 23
7 Rennes 14 22
8 Monaco 14 20
9 Montpellier 14 20
10 Reims 14 19
11 Nice 14 18
12 Metz 14 18
13 Toulouse 14 17
14 Lille 13 16
15 Bastia 14 14
16 Caen 14 13
17 Lorient 14 13
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 13 13
19 Guingamp 14 12
20 RC Lens 14 11