PSG keeps rolling with win over Rennes

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Rennes, France ( - PSG maintained its place at the top of Ligue 1 on Saturday with a 3-1 win at Rennes, the club's sixth league triumph in the last seven games.

Thiago Motta scored the lone goal of the first half for the visitors, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubled the lead from the penalty spot shortly after the break.

Rennes pulled to within a goal in the 67th minute through Romain Alessandrini, but Edinson Cavani sealed the victory in the first minute of stoppage time with his 12th goal of the campaign, keeping PSG two points clear of second- place Monaco.

Motta scored 19 minutes into the contest after Rennes failed to clear a corner kick, which fell nicely for Motta to smash past goalkeeper Benoit Costil.

Rennes threatened to equalize before halftime, but instead it was Ibrahimovic that made it 2-0 to PSG after he was fouled inside the penalty area by Cedric Hountondji and converted the subsequent spot kick.

Alessandrini curled home a free kick for Rennes in the 67th minute to make it 2-1, but PSG wrapped up all three points as the match entered stoppage time with Cavani scoring after being set up by Marco Verratti.

Monaco kept pace with a 2-0 victory at Guingamp thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Layvin Kurzawa.

Martial was on target after just four minutes for the visitors, while Guingamp was reduced to 10 men in the 23rd due to a red card for Jonathan Pereira. Kurzawa made it 2-0 for Monaco a few minutes before the break, and the visitors coasted home from there.

Lorient got a goal in the 73rd minute from Jeremie Aliadiere to top Ajaccio, 2-1, while Reims needed a stoppage-time tally from Floyd Ayite to salvage a 1-1 draw at Evian.

Toulouse topped Nantes, 2-1, with second-half goals from Etienne Didot and Jean Daniel Akpro, leaving Nantes in danger of falling out of the top four.

The other match on Saturday saw Nice claim a 1-0 win over Sochaux through Eric Bautheac's 24th-minute goal.