The Ligue One title chase is still very much in play after Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes' thumping of first place Bordeaux on Saturday at Stade de la Route de Lorient in Rennes.
Bocanegra started at left back and went the full 90 minutes in the win. It was the fourth consecutive start for the US national team captain.
Les Rouges Et Noirs were all business from the very start and that paid dividends with a fourth minute strike by Sylvan Marveaux who was the beneficiary of Ismael Bangoura's pass to Jimmy Briand down the right side. Briand then fed Marveaux allowing the midfielder to calmly stroke his shot past Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso.
Thirteen minutes later Marveaux created the second goal when he provoked a foul by Bordeaux's Jaroslav Plasil in the penalty area leaving the referee no choice but to point to the spot. Briand was rewarded for his earlier hard work and converted the penalty to double the margin.
The visitors looked to halve the lead before the halftime break but were turned away time and time again by Bocanegra and the Rennes defense.
Just three minutes after the break, the Brittany club added a third courtesy of Bangoura who sent a laser past Carrasso off of Jerome Leroy's lofted pass sending the Route de Lorient faithful into a frenzy.
Evidently the words coming from the mouth Bordeaux head man Laurent Blanc on the sidelines finally seeped into the heads of the league leaders as Les Girondins pulled back two goals in rapid fire succession.
In the 64th minute, midfielder Wendel fired in a free kick into the area which Yoan Gouffran headed in to put the Champions League participants on the score sheet.
Five minutes later, the Brazilian took another free kick but this time elected to do all of the work himself and powered in a shot from 25 meters out on the right side that rattled the nerves of the home fans.
But Ghanian striker Asamoah Gyan rekindled the party just 12 minutes from time with Rennes' fourth goal of the match. Gyan had just entered as a substitute and immediately made head coach Frederic Antonetti look like a genius when he gathered in a ball and beat two defenders before sending a shot past Carrasso.
The superb effort by the Black Star forward was a familiar sight to those who witnessed his exploits at the recently concluded African Cup of Nations where he helped Ghana reach the final.
The victory lifts Bocanegra and company up to seventh place in the Ligue One standings as they will next face fourth division Quevilly in midweek Coupe de France action.
Coupled with Montpellier's win, Bordeaux now sit just three points ahead of the pack in the league standings.