Dec 4, 2013 at 6pm UK at ​Route de Lorient
St EtienneSaint-Etienne
Romero (34', 68'), Alessandrini (56')
II Makoun (37')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Erding (90')
Clerc (69'), Diomande (72')

Result: Clinical Rennes breeze past Saint-Etienne

Rennes cruise to an impressive Ligue 1 victory over Saint-Etienne at Route de Lorient.

Rennes recorded a 3-1 victory over Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 at Route de Lorient on Wednesday night.

Silvio Romero scored either side of a Romain Alessandrini goal to give the hosts the win, while Mevlut Erding reduced the deficit in the dying minutes.

Rennes' Silvio Romero is congratulated by teammate Jonathan Pitroipa after scoring the opening goal against Saint Etienne during their Ligue 1 match on December 4, 2013© AFP

Having endured a quiet opening half-hour to the match, Rennes sprang into life in the 33rd minute to go ahead. From a Saint-Etienne corner, the hosts broke downfield before Emerson picked the ball up on the left touchline and swung a cross into the near post where Romero rose unmarked to nod in the opener.

Rennes had two chances to double their lead just before the break. First Alessandrini hit a shot which trickled just wide of the far post, before twisted and turned before smashing the ball over.

The hosts nearly doubled their lead with another break downfield, but Alessandrini opted to go for goal from the edge of the box instead of passing to a teammate, and chipped an effort just over the crossbar from the counter-attack.

Rennes should have gone two up early in the second but Stephane Ruffier was quick off his line to deny Romero when played through.

However, Rennes did find a second shortly after when Alessandrini hammered home the rebound into the top corner from an acute angle after Ruffier had pulled off another good save.

Rennes then added a third with 22 minutes to go when Alessandrini's lofted cross from the left into the box and volleyed back across goal by Romero to pick up his brace.

Erding pulled one goal back for Les Verts in injury time, but it was too little too late as Rennes secured a convincing win.

Rennes move up to 11th following the victory, while Saint-Etienne drop to sixth.

Rennes' Algerian midfielder Foued Kadir is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the French L1 football match Rennes against Valenciennes on October 19, 2013
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