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 Monaco342872
3Lille341864
4Saint-Etienne341557
5Lyon331154
6Marseille341052
7Bordeaux34648
8Reims34-545
9Toulouse 33-644
10Bastia34-1344
11Nantes34-343
12Lorient34-442
13Rennes34039
14Montpellier HSC34-139
15Nice34-1039
16Evian TG33-1438
17Guingamp34-1035
18Sochaux34-2433
19Valenciennes34-2329
RAjaccio34-3020