Rennes routs Lorient to take back third in French league

14 Benjamin BOURIGEAUD (srfc) - 10 Enzo LE FEE (fcl) - 21 Lovro MAJER (srfc) during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Rennes and Lorient at Roazhon Park on April 24, 2022 in Rennes, France.

Rennes kept pace in the race for Champions League spots by beating Lorient 5-0 to take back third place in the French league on Sunday.

Benjamin Bourigeaud opened the scoring in the 17th minute by firing a half-volley into the roof of the net.

Martin Terrier doubled the lead with a cool finish two minutes later to notch his 21st league goal, one behind top scorer Kylian Mbappe.

Rennes captain Hamari Traore made it 3-0 by heading home a cross from Bourigeaud in the 47th.

One of the most underrated players in the league, Bourigeaud is having a career season with nine goals and 12 assists.

The hosts were reduced to ten men in the 58th when Nayef Aguerd was sent off for fouling Lorient forward Armand Lauriente, who was bearing down on goal.

Flavien Tait increased the lead with a swerving long-range strike in the 79th before Gaetan Laborde capitalized on a counterattack to seal the victory in stoppage time.

Rennes is level on points with Monaco and trails second-place Marseille by three points.

The top two French clubs enter the group stage of the Champions League while the third-place team goes to the third qualifying round of the lucrative European competition.

Lorient remained three points above the relegation zone.

The 34th round ends later Sunday with Reims vs. Marseille, Lille vs. Strasbourg, Nice vs. Troyes, Nantes vs. Bordeaux, Metz vs. Brest, and Clermont vs. Angers.

Runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain clinched a record-tying 10th league title by drawing with Lens 1-1 on Saturday.

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