Front pair lift Rennes into top spot
Rennes moved top of Ligue 1 thanks to goals from strike duo Abdoulrazak Boukari and Victor Hugo Montano that gave them a 2-0 win over struggling Lens on Saturday.
RENNES 2-0 LENS
Frédéric Antonetti’s side always looked likely to pick up a seventh straight win at the Stade de la Route de Lorient when former Lens man Boukari struck on 14 minutes with Montano finding the net with 20 minutes remaining to lift the Breton club a point clear of Lille, who play Lyon on Sunday.
Rennes had not lost their last ten competitive matches against the Blood and Gold, and after a keenly-contested opening, served notice of their superiority through Boukari. The lively striker only joined Rennes from Lens in the January transfer window, but registered his third goal for the Breton club with a fierce shot drilled beyond the grasp of Vedran Runje.
Lens’ cause was further hampered by the early injury-enforced departure of Franck Queudrue, and though Issam Jemaa offered some hope, the hosts – orchestrated by the in-form Alexander Tettey – looked far likelier to add to the scoreline.
That they failed to do so was due to the excellent Runje, who produced a double stop to deny Boukari and Tettey before parrying a Jérôme Leroy effort soon after the break with the visiting defence cut apart once more.
The Croatian international stood no chance, though, as Montano condemned Lens to an eleventh successive away day without a victory – the former Montpellier man racing onto Leroy’s precision-perfect through ball to fire emphatically home and lift Rennes back to the summit of Ligue 1 for the first time since Week 12.