Monaco lose to Rennes 4-1

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Monaco suffered an embarrassing 4-1 loss at home against Rennes on Saturday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Monaco suffered an embarrassing 4-1 loss at home against Rennes on Saturday and missed its chances to stay in the running for the top spot in the French league. Monaco's defeat means Lyon has virtually locked up its third consecutive French title. After Saturday's round, the two-time champion had 76 points, three more than PSG, while Monaco fell to third at 72. To win the division in next week's final round, PSG needs to beat Bastia by at least 14 goals and Lyon must lose - an unlikely outcome. Swiss forward Alexander Frei was first to score, bagging his 17th for the season. Moments later, the equaliser from Fernando Morientes. The Spanish international has scored ten in the league this year, and scored nine in the Champions League. But he was pulled out at halftime due to an ankle injury. From then on Monaco needed to keep Rennes back, but were unable to achieve this, but their goalkeeper Flavio Roma did not have a good night. First of all he was judged to have taken down Olivier Monterrubio. He took the kick, made no errors, and it was 2-1 to the visitors. Then 2-1 became 3-1 with a brilliant strike from Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom with 20 minutes still left on the clock. He then made it 4-1 in injury time - not good goalkeeping from Roma. Monaco will be hoping that is not something they will see again in the Champions League final. Morientes should play in ten days time, but it is a disappointing end to the league season for Monaco. They have one game to go and now need to win in order to overtake PSG who is now in second place after Lyon at the top of the table. (AP)

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