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Rennes keep European hopes alive with narrow win

Angers' French midfielder Vincent Manceau (L) fights for the ball with Rennes' Cape Verdean midfielder Gelson Fernandes (R) during the French L1 football match Rennes vs Angers at the Roazhon Park stadium on February 12, 2016 in Rennes, western France. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE / AFP / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

Angers' French midfielder Vincent Manceau (L) fights for the ball with Rennes' Cape Verdean midfielder Gelson Fernandes (R) during the French L1 football match Rennes vs Angers at the Roazhon Park stadium on February 12, 2016 in Rennes, western France. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE / AFP / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

PARIS --

An injury-time own goal from defender Arnold Bouka Moutou helped Rennes to a 1-0 win over Angers as the Brittany club leapfrogged the promoted side in the French league standings.

Following 90 minutes of goalless action, the game looked set for a stalemate but substitute Bouka Moutou deflected a corner from Paul-Georges Ntep with a header that left keeper Denis Petric stranded.

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Petric had made what appeared to be a decisive save in the 87th minute when he denied Kamil Grosicki's close-range effort as well as parrying captain Romain Danze's header.

Rennes provisionally moves to fifth place, with Angers one point behind in sixth.

Runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain has a 24-point lead over Monaco ahead of Saturday's game at home to Lille.