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Monaco beats Rennes 1-0 in French league

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm •  Published: April 12, 2014

PARIS (AP) — Monaco consolidated second place and put leader Paris Saint-Germain's title celebrations on hold by winning 1-0 at Rennes in the French league on Saturday.

PSG could have clinched the title this weekend if Monaco lost and it won on Sunday at Lyon. For now, Monaco pulled within 10 points of the leader.

Emmanuel Riviere chased a through ball from Jeremy Toulalan to score with a sliding effort in the 55th minute. Riviere then had a close-range attempt diverted onto the bar by Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil in the 63rd.

"We needed a victory to keep this small cushion we've been having for a while," Toulalan said. "We must keep it because it will be tough until the end of the season. It will be tough as long as second place is not secured mathematically."

Lille kept pace with Monaco, staying six points behind in third, by edging Valenciennes 1-0.

Divock Origi took a pass from Salomon Kalou to score with a low strike in the 70th minute.

"It wasn't easy but the most important thing is to take the three points," Lille coach Rene Girard said. "It seemed to me that we missed a bit of gas in the tank, a bit of freshness. But the boys managed to do what they needed to do."

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