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Rennes edge past Ajaccio in Courbis' debut as coach

Rennes' French coach Rolland Courbis looks on before the French L1 football match between Rennes (Stade Rennais FC) and Ajaccio (GFC ) on January 22, 2016, at the Roazhon Park in Rennes, northwestern France. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER (Photo credit should read JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Rennes' French coach Rolland Courbis looks on before the French L1 football match between Rennes (Stade Rennais FC) and Ajaccio (GFC ) on January 22, 2016, at the Roazhon Park in Rennes, northwestern France. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER (Photo credit should read JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Rolland Courbis made a dream start to life in charge of Rennes as their winless home run finally came to an end against in-form Gazelec Ajaccio.

Former Montpellier boss Courbis succeeded Philippe Montanier on Wednesday, a week after joining the club as advisor to president Renee Ruello.

Rennes had gone 10 matches without a victory at Roazhon Park and looked like making that 11 with the clash goalless heading into injury time.

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