Mar 22, 2014 at 4pm UK at ​Stade Velodrome
Marseille
0-1
Rennes

Morel (84')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Doucoure (76')

Result: Abdoulaye Doucoure strike gives Rennes win over Marseille

Rennes record a surprising win against Marseille in Ligue 1, a solitary goal by Abdoulaye Doucoure securing a 1-0 away victory at the Stade Velodrome.

Rennes have recorded a surprising win against Marseille in Ligue 1, a solitary goal by Abdoulaye Doucoure securing a 1-0 away victory at the Stade Velodrome.

Mathieu Valbuena had the game's first chance in the 10th minute, but his shot on target failed to trouble Benoit Costil.

Marseille, aiming for a European place, continued to push forward and had another chance midway through the first half through Benoit Cheyrou, but his finish on goal was saved.

Rennes, who are fighting against relegation from the French top flight, drove upfield just two minutes later, however, and Romain Alessandrini was able to get in a shot, but his strike was blocked.

With five minutes left to play of the first half, Andre Ayew smashed in a shot on target, but Costil was again able to thwart the opposition.

Marseille picked up from where they left off at the start of the second period, with Cheyrou getting a shot away straight after the restart.

Andre-Pierre Gignac also had several attempts on goal, but in the 76th minute, Rennes silenced the home crowd when Doucoure, assisted by Nelson Oliveira, gave them the lead.

The stunned hosts desperately tried to claw a goal back in the final 15 minutes, but it was to no avail.

The result means that Rennes are now six points above the drop zone, while Marseille are four points off fourth place, having played a game more than the teams around them.

Toulouse's French midfielder Clement Chantome celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Rennes (SRFC) vs Toulouse (TFC) at the Route de Lorient stadium in Rennes, western France, on March 15, 2014
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