Rennes through in French League Cup

Rennes beat Nancy 3-2 to progress to the last 16 of the Coupe de la Ligue in France, while there were wins for Bastia and Auxerre.

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Rennes midfielder Romain Alessandrini scores against Nancy in the 2012/2013 Coupe de la Ligue last 32

Djamel Bakar put the away side ahead just before the quarter hour in the all-Ligue 1 clash in Rennes, but Romain Alessandrini equalised two minutes later.

A brace from Mevlut Erding put daylight between Rennes and their guests, but Benjamin Moukandjo’s 84th-minute strike made for a nervy finish as Frederic Antonetti’s side held on.

Top-flight new-boys Bastia eased to a comfortable 3-0 win over Metz, the former giants who were relegated to the third division last season.

A double from Toifilou Maoulida sandwiched a goal from Anthony Modeste as Frederic Hantz’s side sealed easy passage to the last 16.

Auxerre, who were relegated last season, cruised to a 2-0 win over fellow Ligue 2 side Angers thanks to a first-half goal by Paul Madiba and a second-half penalty from Terence Makengo.

There are seven more Coupe de la Ligue matches on Wednesday, with stand-out clashes seeing Lorient face Saint-Etienne and fallen giants Monaco host Valenciennes.

The likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Lille, Lyon, Bordeaux, league champions Montpellier and holders Marseille do not enter the draw until the last 16 as they are given byes for featuring in European competition.

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