10-man Monaco beats Rennes to take 2nd in Ligue 1 #10man #Monaco #beats #Rennes #2nd #Ligue

RENNES, France (AP) — Vanderson and Youssouf Fofana scored for 10-man Monaco to down Rennes 2-1 and leapfrog Nice into second place in the French league on Saturday.

United States striker Folarin Balogun got hold of a loose ball after a goalmouth scramble in the 51st minute and set up Vanderson who side-footed home. Vanderson’s joy didn’t last long as he received a second yellow card in the 74th for a late challenge on Mahamadou Nagida.

Fofana doubled the lead in the 85th by taking a pass from Balogun and roaming forward to guide the ball into the bottom corner.

Rennes pulled one back with a penalty from Benjamin Bourigeaud in the 90th after Fofana brought down Desire Doue.

Monaco goalkeeper Philipp Kohn preserved the win by saving a header from Amine Gouiri and a powerful strike from Nagida in stoppage time.

Rennes had European ambitions at the start of the season but will have to look over its shoulder as the result left the host in 12th place, three points above the relegation playoff spot.

Late Saturday, leader Paris Saint-Germain hosted mid-table Nantes.

On Friday, Montpellier drew with Lens 0-0. Lens fans were able to attend the game in Montpellier after the Council of State, France’s highest administrative court, suspended the ban on away supporters. On Thursday, the French government and local authorities banned away supporters from attending some games this weekend after the death of a supporter in Nantes last weekend. But the National Supporters’ Association, an umbrella organization for soccer fan groups, took legal action and successfully appealed to the Council of State.

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