Evian raid Rennes
Zouheir Dhaouadi scored the only goal of the game 11 minutes from time to give Evian Thonon-Gaillard a 1-0 victory at Stade Rennais FC and lift Pascal Dupraz's side out of the bottom three.
Stade Rennais FC 0 - 1 Evian Thonon-Gaillard FC
The Tunisian had come off the bench barely five minutes previously when he struck his first L1 goal for the club he joined only last summer as Rennes missed out on the opportunity to pull level on points with second-placed AS Saint-Etienne, registering a defeat after three successive L1 victories.
Rennes had been saved by the woodwork on nine occasions this season prior to kick-off, and had the frame of the goal to thank once again as it denied the hosts the lead when Fabrice Ehret's fierce strike ricocheted to safety with Cheikh Tidiane Ndiaye beaten.
But Frédéric Antonetti's side do not owe their recent good form merely to the fates. Romain Alessandrini has shown his ability to step up from the second tier, notably with a magnificent strike in last weekend's defeat of PSG. The former Clermont player unleashed a similar effort, but found Bertrand Laquait equal to the task. Laquait, preferred to Danish international Stephan Andersen, was beaten when Aldo Angoula deflected Jonathan Pitroipa's shot, but the Evian goalkeeper watched with relief as the ball passed the good side of the post as far as he was concerned.
Rennes had equal cause for relief when Kevin Bérigaud picked out Ehret, who in turn chested the ball into the path of Youssef Adnane – only a courageous block by Kévin Théophile-Catherine prevented the Evian forward's well-struck effort hurtling menacingly goalwards.
The full-back was not able to save his team, though, when Chris Mavinga miscued a headed clearance. Brice Dja Djedje latched onto the ball before providing an inch-perfect cross for Dhaouadi, who beat Théophile-Catherine to the ball to head home.
Rennes still might have gotten something from the game, but Laquait pawed Sadio Diallo's free-kick away from the top corner before - in added time - Mevlut Erding and Romain Danzé both failed to beat the Evian goalkeeper, who helped secure his club a first-ever win over their Breton opponents.