Rennes stopped its interminable fall on Sunday by winning a duel of teams in crisis in Nice (1-0), while Lorient took valuable points in the race to maintain, while waiting for the clash between the leader Paris SG and Lyon ( 9:00 p.m.).
End of the disaster series.
Rennes, which had not won for eight matches in all competitions, finally relaunched in Nice with the first goal this season from Mbaye Niang.
In a lively match, with many opportunities on both sides but a lot of clumsiness in the last gesture, the top pressing of the Bretons paid off.
On a loss of ball from the Nice defense, Adrien Truffert managed an interception and served Niang, who put in a shot from outside the area (28th).
Thanks to this victory, Julien Stéphan's men, with 22 points, go back to 9th place, they who no longer have to play on two fronts after their pitiful elimination from the Champions League.
Nice, on the other hand, remains embroiled in the crisis which cost Patrick Vieira his place.
The Aiglons (18 pts) are 12th and have not won for eight games.
Like Rennes before his visit to the Côte d'Azur.
Lorient leaves, Reims sinks
Lorient, winner with the manner of Nîmes (3-0) at the Moustoir, made the beautiful operation of the day in the fight for maintenance and leaves the red zone.
Starting against his own camp, Armand Laurienté went up all the field to serve at the Boisgard penalty spot, which adjusted Baptiste Reynet (2nd) on the first opportunity of the Merlus.
Pierre-Yves Hamel doubled the bet on a penalty (28th) following a clumsy croc-en-leg from Lamine Fomba on Laurent Abergel, and Yoane Wissa sealed the 3-0 (89th) in an unbridled end of the match.
Lorient (11 pts), who had not scored a goal for six matches, double Nîmes, now barrage, and Reims, which inherits the penultimate place.
In Brest, the Champenois also were showered (2-1).
Franck Honorat, with a big cross strike (30th), and Steve Mounié, with a fox goal (77th), gave the victory to the Bretons.
It is unfortunate for Reims, whose goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic saved a penalty (26th) and who especially scored the goal of the day, a splendid direct corner (65th) from Arbër Zeneli.
Nantes and Strasbourg skate
The departure of Christian Gourcuff did nothing.
Nantes could not beat the Dijon red lantern at La Beaujoire and this draw (1-1) does not help anyone.
Moussa Konaté (54th) responded to a penalty from Moses Simon (24th).
The Canaries (14th, 14 pts) are only three points above the barrage Nîmes and Dijon remains last.
Strasbourg saved the honor against rival Metz (2-2), with Mohamed Simakan who went through all the emotions.
The young defender scored with an angry header (66th) after conceding two penalties, only one of which was transformed by Dylan Bronn (35th).
Eiji Kawashima brilliantly pushed back the second (49th).
Opa Nguette (69th) gave the advantage to the Grenats before the equalizer of Adrien Thomasson (78th).
Metz is 13th (17 pts), Racing 16th (11 pts).
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