Rennes got off to a decent start and could have gone ahead as early as the third minute, but Ola Toivonen's shot from close range went wide of the post.
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Chances were still few and far between, but with just over five minutes of the half remaining, Bordeaux went ahead. Guillaume Hoarau's shot after he was played through by Diego Rolan found the bottom corner for the lead.
Then on the hour mark Bordeaux scored a second for what looked to be a comfortable lead, as Rolan fired in from close range having been found by Henri Saivet.
Despite the three goals in six minutes, there were to be no more as Bordeaux had to settle for the point.