Rennes roar past Valenciennes
Rennes moved into the top four of Ligue 1 after goals from
Julien Feret and Jonathan Pitroipa gave them a 2-0 victory over
Feret put the home side ahead after just four minutes with a
fine finish and he was also involved in the build-up to Rennes’
second goal in the 70th minute, which was scored by Pitroipa.
The victory was Rennes’ first in three games and saw them move
to within three points of second-placed Paris Saint-Germain.
Valenciennes, meanwhile, remain in eighth after losing for a
third time in five matches.
Rennes dominated the early exchanges and, after Romain
Alessandrini had been denied by visiting goalkeeper Nicolas
Penneteau, the hosts took the lead when Cheick Diarra delivered a
superb pass to Feret on the edge of the box and the striker
produced an equally memorable finish to find the back of the
The same Rennes pair combined again in the 11th minute but this
time Penneteau was able to save from Diarra after he had been set
up by Feret.
Valenciennes finally gave Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil
something to do in the 19th minute when Mathieu Dossevi tried his
luck, but there was no way through and it was a similar story on
the half-hour when Vincent Aboubakar failed to make the most of a
poor back-pass from home defender Kevin Theopile Catherine.
The visitors created another opening at the start of the second
half and Jose Saez was unfortunate to see his 25-yard half-volley
go just wide.
That scare seemed to spark Rennes back into life and Abdoulaye
Said Dialler and Pitroipa both went close before the latter made it
2-0 with 20 minutes to go.
Feret stole possession on the halfway line and started a
counter-attack that saw Pitroipa released on the right of the area
and he beat
Penneteau with a low right-footed drive to seal the victory.