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

Result: AS Monaco close gap on Paris Saint-Germain

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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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Paris Saint-GermainPSG20172159154453
2Marseille21135343222144
3MonacoMonaco20133446192742
4Lyon20126247212642
5NantesNantes2010371819-133
6Nice209382529-430
7GuingampGuingamp208572324-129
8Montpellier HSCMontpellier206951713427
9Caen2183101422-827
10Dijon207492934-525
11Rennes207492429-525
12StrasbourgStrasbourg216692435-1124
13Bordeaux2165102331-823
14Saint-EtienneSt Etienne206592033-1323
15Lille2064101830-1222
16AmiensAmiens2063111622-621
17Troyes2063112028-821
18Angers2031072230-819
19Toulouse2054111829-1119
20Metz2033141435-2112
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