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French Ligue 1

LOSC Lille Metropole 24th January 2014 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: R Buquet

Lille Lille vs Rennes Rennes

Lille 1

S Kalou (34)


Rennes 1

A Doucoure (41)

Draw little comfort for Lille

Last Updated: 24/01/14 10:18pm

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Salomon Kalou in action for Lille

Salomon Kalou in action for Lille

Lille were unable to make the most of an opportunity to close the gap on second-placed Monaco with a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Rennes in Ligue 1.

Salomon Kalou fired the hosts into an early lead under the closed roof of the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, but the hosts' joy was cut short when Abdoulaye Doucoure levelled just seven minutes later.

Failure to win for Rene Girard's team has left Lille four points adrift of Claudio Ranieri's Monaco, with the principality side due to host Marseille on Sunday evening.

The pressure on Rennes coach Phillip Montanier also continued to mount as he saw his side fail to win in Ligue 1 for the sixth consecutive game, a result which leaves them languishing in 15th.

Lille did all the early pressing and Sidibe went close just after the 10-minute mark but his effort from a tight angle nestled into the side-netting.

Visiting goalkeeper Benoit Costil was called into action soon after and only a magnificent save from the 26-year-old prevented Lille's Marco Basa opening the scoring with a firm header.

The high-tempo opening continued and soon Rennes created their first opening when dangerman Romain Alessandrini cut the ball back into the path of Doucoure, but he fired just over from the right angle of the area.

However, it was Girard's men who took the lead after 35 minutes when Nolan Roux did well on the right before picking out Kalou in the area and the Ivorian nodded beyond Costil for the opener.

Undeterred, the visitors hit back and, after Alessandrini went close himself, the much-coveted playmaker teed up Doucoure, who confidently sent the ball beyond Vincent Enyeama from 12 yards to level the scores before the break.

Both sides continued to create chances after the restart but it was Ronny Rodelin who went closest for Lille with almost a quarter hour played in the second half, with his seemingly goal-bound effort pushed round the post by Costil.

Lille continued to be held at bay by the visitors' keeper, and after Divock Origi pulled the ball back into the path of Roux, only a superb stop prevented the Lille striker from grabbing his seventh of the season.

Costil's efforts almost paid off as Rennes nearly took a valuable lead with just 10 minutes to play, when Jonathan Pitroipa delivered to the back post only for Doucoure to see his first-time effort kept out magnificently by Enyeama.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 26 54
2 Paris St Germain 26 52
3 Marseille 26 50
4 Monaco 25 43
5 St Etienne 26 42
6 Bordeaux 26 41
7 Montpellier 25 39
8 Guingamp 26 35
9 Nice 26 34
10 Bastia 26 33
11 Nantes 26 33
12 Lille 26 32
13 Rennes 26 32
14 Caen 26 31
15 Reims 26 31
16 Lorient 25 28
17 Toulouse 26 28
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 25 26
19 RC Lens 26 22
20 Metz 26 22