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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Tables
TeamPGDPTS
1Paris Saint-Germain335579
2AS Monaco332769
3Lille331863
4Saint-Etienne331556
5Lyon331154
6Marseille331051
7Bordeaux33245
8Reims33-445
9Toulouse 33-644
10Lorient33-441
11Bastia33-1441
12Nantes33-740
13Nice33-939
14Rennes33038
15Montpellier HSC33-138
16Evian TG33-1438
17Guingamp33-635
18Sochaux33-2530
19Valenciennes33-1929
20Ajaccio33-2920