Nov 30, 2013 at 4pm UK at ​Stade Louis II
MonacoAS Monaco
2-0
Rennes
Rodriguez (19'), Martial (44')
Carvalho (65')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Result: AS Monaco close gap on Paris Saint-Germain

Monaco's Italian coach Claudio Ranieri gestures during the French L1 football match Monaco (ASM) vs Evian TG (EVTG) on November 8, 2013
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Goals from James Rodriguez and Anthony Martial prove enough for Monaco to move within two points of PSG in Ligue 1 following a 2-0 win over Rennes this evening.

AS Monaco have moved to within two points of Paris Saint-Germain at the summit of Ligue 1 following a 2-0 victory over Rennes at Stade Louis II this evening.

James Rodriguez, who boasts the highest amount of assists in France's top tier, proved that he was equally adept at finishing chances as he was with creating them by opening the scoring for Claudio Ranieri's men.

The 22-year-old's expertly-struck free kick from just outside the area was enough to give les Rouge et Blanc a 19th-minute lead.

17-year-old Anthony Martial then vindicated his coach's decision to hand him his full debut for the visit of Philippe Montanier's men.

The France Under-21 ace, deputising in the absence of the injured Radamel Falcao, received the ball from Emmanuel Riviere, before dispatching a left-footed shot from the centre of the box which proved too good for goalkeeper Benoit Costil.

The visitors seldom threatened staging a comeback and the French giants cruised to a second successive victory to keep the pressure on PSG.

Nevertheless, Laurent Blanc's men can re-establish the team's five-point margin over fellow big spenders by beating Lyon at Parc de Princes tomorrow evening.


Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring a goal from the penalty spot during the French L1 football match between AS Monaco and FC Lorient at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco on September 15, 2013
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1Paris Saint-GermainPSG330011299
2AS MonacoMonaco33008359
3Saint-EtienneSt Etienne33005059
4Lyon32109457
5Marseille32105147
6Bordeaux31207525
7Angers31205325
8Troyes31113304
9Montpellier HSCMontpellier31112204
10StrasbourgStrasbourg311145-14
11Nice31023303
12Caen31022203
13Lille310235-23
14GuingampGuingamp310236-33
15NantesNantes310214-33
16Toulouse310259-43
17Rennes302145-12
18Dijon301239-61
19Metz300316-50
20AmiensAmiens300307-70