Auxerre deny Rennes top spot
Rennes succumbed to a late goal from
Jires Kembo-Ekoko looked to have earned the visitors something from the match when he cancelled out
Auxerre had the first sight of goal after eight minutes with a header from
Auxerre came even closer to scoring as the interval approached when Roy Contout beat Douchez with his diving header only to see Kembo-Ekoko clear the ball off the line.
Another chance went begging six minutes after the restart with Contout flicking the ball onto an unmarked Pedretti, who turned his shot wide of the post from six yards when it seemed easier to hit the target.
But Auxerre eventually scored after 66 minutes through Birsa, who picked up a pass from
Rennes had barely had a look-in so far, but managed to get back into the match just four minutes later.
Auxerre responded to the challenge, though, and after Douchez pulled off two great saves to deny Sammaritano and Contout, Quercia eventually settled the contest with a low shot which beat the Rennes goalkeeper.