Rennes set up St Etienne final

Rennes reached their first ever Coupe de la Ligue final with an

impressive 2-0 win over Montpellier on Wednesday night.

Julien Feret set them on their way early on and Mevlut Erding

made the game safe six minutes after half-time.

Rennes showed greater desire throughout, exemplified by Jonathan

Pitroipa returning from the African Nations Cup specially to play

in the match.

The Burkina Faso winger shot wide in the early stages but his

side went ahead in the seventh minute when a neat passing move

ended with Feret finishing calmly past keeper Laurent Pionnier.

Mevlut Erding failed to add a second after seizing on Hilton’s

woeful back-pass and was nearly punished at the other end, but

Benoit Costil made a superb save from Gaetan Charbonnier, who then

fired the rebound against the post.

The second half started much like the first, with an early

Rennes goal. Pitroipa was the architect, setting up Erding for a

routine finish.

Costil again thwarted Charbonnier and Hilton volleyed over from

close range, but Rennes could have extended their lead as Erding

sliced wide and Roman Alessandrini forced a good diving save from

Pionnier.

Rennes will take on St Etienne in the April 20 final after Les

Verts beat Lille 7-6 on penalties on Tuesday night.