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PSG break Rennes hoodoo to go seven points clear

Published: Saturday 6 April 2013, 20.25CET
Paris Saint-Germain FC are seven points clear at the Ligue 1 summit, a 2-0 win at Stade Rennais FC providing the perfect response to Olympique de Marseille's victory on Friday.
PSG break Rennes hoodoo to go seven points clear
David Beckham celebrates after assisting Zlatan Ibrahimović's late goal ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Saturday 6 April 2013, 20.25CET

PSG break Rennes hoodoo to go seven points clear

Paris Saint-Germain FC are seven points clear at the Ligue 1 summit, a 2-0 win at Stade Rennais FC providing the perfect response to Olympique de Marseille's victory on Friday.

Paris Saint-Germain FC have a seven-point cushion at the Ligue 1 summit after beating Stade Rennais FC 2-0.

Olympique de Marseille had narrowed the gap on Friday by defeating FC Girondins de Bordeaux, thus putting the pressure on Carlo Ancelotti's men to respond against Rennes, who have proved PSG's bete noir in recent years. Indeed, the captial club had previously failed to win any of their last ten trips to Brittany and lost 2-1 at home to Les Rouges et Noirs in November.

Rennes have struggled for form of late, though, and despite resting Ezequiel Lavezzi, Thiago Silva, Alex and Christophe Jallet, it was no surprise that the visitors took the lead just after the interval. Jérémy Ménez was the scorer, skipping round three challenges before finishing emphatically.

Zlatan Ibrahimović wrapped up the points with a close-range header in added time, making sure David Beckham's clip over goalkeeper Benoît Costil crossed the line for his 26th goal in 27 top-flight appearances.

In the pick of the day's late matches, OGC Nice moved up to fourth after edging a seven-goal thriller at Toulouse FC. Leading 3-2 with eight minutes left thanks to a rare double from Éric Bautheac, Nice then struggled past the winning post.

Toulouse goalkeeper Ali Ahamada was dismissed before Wissam Ben Yedder claimed his second goal in the last minute – a sequence of events repeated by Nice, who had Alexy Bosetti sent off in added time before Kevin Anin snatched the win.

Last updated: 07/04/13 0.04CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 11/04/2013 14:23 CET

06/04/2013

MontpellierMontpellier3-1ValenciennesValenciennes

Camara 18, Congré 60, Belhanda 86

Nguette 40

Venue: Montpellier

06/04/2013

ToulouseToulouse3-4NiceNice

Ben Yedder 8, 90, Capoue 19

Bautheac 1, 40, Cvitanich 68, Anin 90+3

Venue: Toulouse

06/04/2013

BastiaBastia4-0BrestBrest

Khazri 41, Thauvin 50, 71, Modeste 79 (P)

Venue: Bastia

06/04/2013

NancyNancy1-0TroyesTroyes

Grange 67

Venue: Nancy

06/04/2013

SochauxSochaux0-0AjaccioAjaccio

Venue: Montbeliard

06/04/2013

RennesRennes0-2PSGPSG

Ménez 56, Ibrahimović 90+3

Venue: Rennes

05/04/2013

MarseilleMarseille1-0BordeauxBordeaux

Gignac 41

Venue: Marseille

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