Aubameyang rescues St. Etienne against Rennes
Rennes, France (Sports Network) - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored 25 minutes from time to salvage a point for his side as St. Etienne battled to a 2-2 draw with Rennes on Friday at the Stade de la Route de Lorient.
The home side opened the scoring one minute before the intermission when Romain Danze popped it past St. Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier with a header from in close following a headed pass from John Boye.
But just moments later, the visitors equalized through Yohan Mollo, who collected a deft pass from Aubameyang and ripped a rising shot into the top left corner to square things up at the break.
Rennes went back in front six minutes into the second half when Julien Feret ran onto a nice through ball from Jonathan Pitroipa and eased it home to put Rennes ahead, 2-1.
Aubameyang, however, made sure St. Etienne claimed a point as he got on the end of a cross from Mollo and powered home his 16th goal in league play with a quick shot into the bottom right corner of the net.
The result sees Les Verts close to within one point of the top three in Ligue 1 with 48 points from 28 matches, while Rennes remains in eighth place with 42 points.
After dispatching Valencia, 3-2, on aggregate on Wednesday to advance to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in 18 years, Paris Saint-Germain will turn its attention back to league play on Saturday.
The French league leaders will kickoff Saturday's slate of matches at the Parc des Princes against second-from-the-bottom Nancy.
PSG has lost two of its last three league matches, and will look to get back on the winning track against a Nancy side that is coming off a 2-1 win over Sochaux last week.
Lorient travels to the Stade Francois Coty to battle Ajaccio looking to extend its unbeaten run to three games in league play, while Ajaccio tries to rebound from a 1-0 setback against Bastia.
Toulouse will attempt to claim all three points on Saturday when it takes on Brest at Stade Francis-Le Ble. Toulouse has drawn each of its last three matches and has not won since a 2-1 victory over Nancy on Jan. 19.
Also on Saturday, Evian hosts Sochaux at the Parc des Sports, Troyes welcomes Reims to the Stade de l'Aube, and Valenciennes rounds out Saturday's action against Lille at the Stade du Hainaut.
Second-place Lyon highlights Sunday's schedule with a top-of-the-table clash against third-place Marseille.
Lyon will attempt to extend its unbeaten run in Ligue 1 to four straight matches and can jump into first place with a win and a loss by PSG.
After losing to PSG in league play as well as the French Cup, Marseille bounced back nicely last Sunday to claim a 2-1 win over Troyes. Les Phoceens can pull even with Lyon on points with a positive result.
Elsewhere on Sunday, defending champions Montpellier will face Nice at the Stade Municipal du Ray, while Bordeaux hosts Bastia at the Stade Chaban- Delmas.
03/08 17:03:19 ET