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Route de Lorient 12th April 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: R Buquet

Rennes Rennes vs Monaco Monaco

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Monaco keep going

Last Updated: 12/04/14 10:34pm

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Fabinho charges forward

Fabinho charges forward

Monaco kept the Ligue 1 title race mathematically alive on Saturday night with a 1-0 victory at Rennes.

Emmanuel Riviere netted the game's only goal 10 minutes into the second half to lift Claudio Ranieri's second-placed side to 10 points behind leaders Paris St Germain, who visit Lyon on Sunday.

The result did little for Philippe Montanier's Rennes side, though, as they remained nine points above the relegation zone with five games left.

The hosts started brightly and could have gone ahead in the third minute, but Jean Makoun's curling effort flew inches wide after good work on the right by Kamil Grosicki.

Monaco came to life thereafter, and mustered the lion's share of the remaining decent chances.

Joao Moutinho controlled Anthony Martial's pass on the run and lashed a powerful right-footed shot just over the bar in the 14th minute, and Riviere was denied by Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil five minutes later after unleashing a left-footed drive from Layvin Kurzawa's assist.

Riviere had another sight of goal just before the half-hour mark, courtesy of Moutinho, but Costil got down well and made the save.

The 24-year-old's endeavours were rewarded in the 55th minute, though, when he managed to despatch a superb ball from Jeremy Toulalan past Costil while in the process of falling down.

Ranieri's side could have stretched their advantage in the final half-hour, Costil pulling off a brilliant reflex save from Riviere after Moutinho and Fabinho had combined to set up the chance.

Moutinho then freed Geoffrey Kondogbia and he produced a fierce 25-yard attempt with his left foot, only for Costil to again be in the right place to avert the danger.

Rennes finally conjured up their first shot on target 16 minutes from time when Romain Danze found Foued Kadir on the right-hand side of the penalty area, but his left-footed effort was blocked by Monaco goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

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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