Lens, Rennes win in France, on track for a Europe spots

Nampalys MENDY of Lens and Florian SOTOCA of Lens during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Lens and Clermont at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on April 20, 2024 in Lens, France.

Lens have scraped a 1-0 win against rock-bottom Clermont in the French league after Rennes coasted past Nantes 3-0 as both stayed on track for a European place.

The top six qualify for European competitions next season. Lens were sixth and Rennes seventh after Saturday's matches.

Florian Sotoca put Lens ahead from a penalty in the second minute.

Club-record signing Elye Wahi missed three chances to score for Lens and the striker was jeered by home fans when he was taken off near the end.

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Earlier, striker Arnaud Kalimuendo opened the scoring for Rennes in the 67th minute on a cross from right back Guela Doue.

After Kalimuendo was fouled, attacking midfielder Benjamin Bourigeaud made it 2-0 from the penalty spot in the 76th.

Forward Amine Gouiri wrapped it up in stoppage time after swapping passes with Desire Doue, Guela's younger brother.

Nantes remained in 14th place and just above the relegation zone.

League leader Paris Saint-Germain can take a step closer to a record-extending 12th league title by beating Lyon on Sunday.

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