Rennes with a 2-0 victory over Lille


Two goals early in the second half were enough to hand Rennes a 2-0 victory over Lille in Ligue 1 on Sunday afternoon. After a goalless first 45 minutes, Habib Habibou broke the deadlock just a minute after the break and eight minutes later Abdoulaye Doucoure's strike completed the scoring. A third clean sheet in a row moved Rennes above their opponents on goal difference while Lille have now lost three in a row. The hosts had the first chance in the fourth minute when Paul-Georges Ntep headed over a Habibou cross from close range. Rennes were having more of the ball but it was Benoit Costil who was forced to make the first save of the afternoon when he stopped Simon Kjaer's header. Lille were beginning to get a foot in the game and Michael Frey fired a long-range shot wide before Sebastien Corchia saw his effort stopped by Costil. Vincent Pajot then missed with a header down the other end before Kamil Grosicki's right-footed effort gave Vincent Enyeama his first work of note to do. Habibou and Divock Origi then exchanged efforts but the teams went in at the break goalless. That was to last just a minute into the second half as Habibou broke the deadlock. Ntep provided the cross and the Central African Republic striker was on hand to head home low past Enyeama. And just eight minutes later it was 2-0 with Ntep again the provider as Rennes broke at pace and Doucoure was on hand to provide the finishing touch. Frey brought a save from Costil as Lille fought to get back in the game but it was the home side who went closest to getting the next goal when Grosicki hit the post. Grosicki missed two further chances to extend the lead in the closing stages but it did not matter as Rennes comfortably held on.