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Route de Lorient (ATT 16,228) 10th May 2014 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: Nicolas Rainville

Rennes Rennes vs Sochaux Sochaux

Rennes 1

P Ntep (72)


Sochaux 2

J Ayew (33)
E Mayuka (77)

Sochaux remain in trouble

Last Updated: 10/05/14 11:07pm

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Sochaux celebrate Emmanuel Mayuka's goal

Sochaux celebrate Emmanuel Mayuka's goal

Sochaux's great run of form continued with a 2-1 victory at Rennes but they remain in the Ligue 1 relegation zone with one more match to go.

Herve Renard's men took the lead in the 34th minute through Jordan Ayew and after Paul-Georges N'Tep equalised in the 73rd, fellow substitute Emmanuel Mayuka restored the advantage five minutes later.

Sochaux are now unbeaten in seven games, have won four of their last five and are up to 40 points.

They were unable to move from 18th place, though, due to other results, which included a win for 17th-placed Evian.

The two sides play each other at Sochaux on the final day of the season and there is a point between them.

Sochaux had the first real attempt on goal in the eighth minute when the ball came to Ayew's feet following a corner but he somehow put it wide of the post.

There was a further sign of intent from the away side in the 13th when Roy Contout attempted a bicycle kick that did not quite work out.

The breakthrough was then made as Ayew took on Julien Faussurier's through-ball, controlling on his chest before firing an unstoppable shot that cannoned in off the underside of the bar.

Stoppila Sunzu looked to make it 2-0 with a header just before the break but it did not have the power or accuracy to beat goalkeeper Benoit Costil.

The second half began with Kamil Grosicki calling Yohann Pele into action with a low strike that Sochaux goalkeeper pushed aside.

The visitors went back on the attack and Contout met a cross from the left with a powerful volley that Costil has to stay strong to keep out.

Further Sochaux attempts followed, with Sebastien Corchia receiving a pass from Sebastien Roudet but managing to screw his shot wide from just 12 yards out.

Rennes then levelled the contest as N'Tep connected with Steven Moreira's cross. While the ball in was well-placed, Pele completely missed his punch.

But the away side's recovery from that blow was swift, with Mayuka scoring with almost his first touch.

He found himself free at the far post and converted Roudet's cross with the goal gaping.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23