Samba duo send PSG third
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brazilian star Ronaldinho fired the visitors in front after 19 minutes with a superb free-kick and his fellow countryman Alex doubled the lead a minute before the break.
Rennes pulled a goal back after 71 minutes through Christophe Le roux, but PSG held on for all three points.
Montpellier climbed into seventh with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sochaux, despite finishing the game with just nine men. Cedric Barbosa netted the only goal of the game after 15 minutes to give the visitors the spoils.
The visitors were reduced to ten men after 76 minutes when Guillaume Moullec was sent-off for a second bookable offence and they were down to nine men when Aliou Cisse was amazingly dismissed a minute later, but they held on for the win.
Reigning champions Nantes climbed out of the bottom three with a comfortable 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Guingamp.
Romanian striker Viorel Moldovan fired Nantes in front just after the hour and Sylvain Armand wrapped up the victory with the second ten minutes from time.
Both sides were reduced to ten men when Nicolas Laspales and Blaise Kouassi were dismissed five minutes from time after a scuffle.
Monaco climbed into the top half of the table with a narrow 1-0 win over bottom of the table Lorient at The Stade Louis II Stadium.
Argentine ace Marcelo Gallardo grabbed the winner for the home side after 73 minutes.
Bastia came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Marseille at The Stade Velodrome.
On-loan signing from Barcelona Alfonso made a dream debut for Marseille opening the scoring after just five minutes and Alberto Rivera doubled the lead after 32 minutes.
The home side looked to be coasting to victory but the visitors fought back with two second half goals.
Nicolas Dieuze pulled one back for Bastia in the 53rd minute and Mickael Essien drew the sides level after 68 minutes to earn the visitors a precious point.
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Auxerre p-p Bordeaux
Lyon p-p Troyes
Marseille 2-2 Bastia
Metz p-p Sedan
Monaco 1-0 Lorient
Nantes 2-0 Guingamp
Rennes 1-2 PSG
Sochaux 0-1 Montpellier
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