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French Ligue 1

Route de Lorient (ATT 20,546) 2nd February 2014 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: P Kalt

Rennes Rennes vs Lyon Lyon

Rennes 2

C Hountondji (22)
O Toivonen (66)

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Lyon 0

S Umtiti (S/O 42)

Rennes surprise Lyon

Last Updated: 02/02/14 7:07pm

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Rennes celebrate against Lyon

Rennes celebrate against Lyon

Rennes turned the formbook on its head to see off Lyon 2-0 in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

The hosts were winless in six league outings coming into the contest at Stade de la Route de Lorient, and up against a Lyon side on a run of six straight wins in all competitions - and unbeaten since going down 4-0 at Paris St Germain on December 1.

Yet those statistics were undermined as goals either side of the break from Cedric Hountondji and Ola Toivonen saw off a lacklustre Lyon, who were not helped by a straight red card shown to Samuel Umtiti just before half-time.

Abdoulaye Doucoure was the first to go close for the hosts inside just three minutes as his effort from the edge of the area forced Anthony Lopes into a routine stop.

Clement Grenier - the target of a failed bid from Newcastle last week - then sent over a couple of teasing free-kicks that had Rennes in trouble but both times Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil averted the danger.

The opener arrived from a set-piece on 22 minutes when Romain Alessandrini's corner was met by the towering Hountondji, who nodded in at the near post to register his first Ligue 1 goal.

And Rennes' position was strengthened still further in the 41st minute when Umtiti went crunching into Alessandrini with an ugly challenge and the referee brandished the red card.

Rennes were denied a second in the 56th minute when Sylvain Armand's effort from close range was somehow kept out by Lopes, but the game was put to bed 10 minutes later when Doucoure's cross was collected by Toivonen and he drilled home low into the net.

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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