Rennes go top of Ligue 1 as Monaco's struggles continue

Paris (AFP) –


Rennes backed up their shock win over Paris Saint-Germain last weekend with a 2-0 win at Strasbourg on Sunday that sent them to the top of the early Ligue 1 table.

Julien Stephan's side, who also stunned PSG to win last season's French Cup, saw off 10-man Strasbourg thanks to goals in either half from Clement Grenier and M'Baye Niang.

Grenier drilled the visitors into a 16th-minute lead at the Stade de la Meinau.

Jonas Martin missed the chance to equalise for Strasbourg shortly before half-time when his tame penalty was saved by Edouard Mendy.

Niang, who also netted against PSG last time out, doubled the advantage nine minutes into the second period.

Any home hopes of a comeback were ended when Abdallah Ndour was dismissed late on.

Elsewhere, Monaco's miserable start continued as they blew a 2-0 half-time lead to be held to a 2-2 draw by fellow strugglers Nimes in the principality.

Close-season signings Islam Slimani and Wissam Ben Yedder put Leonardo Jardim's men, who only narrowly avoided relegation last term, in control at the break.

But Brazilian centre-back Jemerson's 55th-minute red card changed the game, and Romain Philippoteaux and 18-year-old Togolese Kevin Denkey struck to grab Nimes a point.

Later on Sunday, reigning champions PSG welcome Toulouse to the Parc des Princes, with Neymar again omitted from the squad as he eyes a move away from France.