Result: Rennes 3-1 Nice

Rennes climb to fifth in Ligue 1 with a 3-1 win over Nice courtesy of goals from Tongo Hamed Doumbia and Julien Feret.

Rennes climbed to fifth in Ligue 1 with a 3-1 win over Nice at Route de Lorient tonight.

The hosts, who still have hopes of qualifying for the Champions League this season, took a 24th-minute lead courtesy of Julien Feret.

Sought-after midfielder Yann M'Vila started for Rennes and he helped provide Tongo Hamed Doumbia add a second on the stroke of half time.

Relegation-threatened Nice threatened a comeback when former Lyon full-back Francois Clerc made it 2-1 on the hour mark

However, the points were secured when Burkina Faso striker Jonathan Pitroipa restored Rennes's two-goal advantage with seven minutes remaining.

With the result, Rennes move to within two points of Lyon in fourth while Nice remain 14th in the table, but they sit only one point clear of AC Ajaccio in 19th.

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TeamPGDPTS
1Marseille192141
2Lyon192339
3Paris Saint-Germain191938
4Saint-Etienne191036
5AS Monaco19532
6Bordeaux19-131
7Nantes19230
8Rennes19-328
9Reims19-528
10Montpellier HSC19226
11Nice19-522
12Guingamp19-1122
13Lille18-221
14Toulouse19-721
15Lorient19-520
16Lens19-419
17Metz19-1019
18Evian TG18-1219
19Bastia19-718
20Caen19-1015