Ayew keeps Sochaux’s survival hopes alive in Ligue 1

The Ghana international helped his relegation-haunted side to snatch a crucial win against Rennes to keep their top-flight survival alive

Ghana striker Jordan Ayew continued his scoring form by helping Sochaux to record an impressive victory over Stade Rennes in the French Ligue 1 on Saturday evening.

Sochaux headed into the game third from the bottom but their recent superb form made it possible to complete an unlikely escape from relegation. Prior to the game, the struggling side were unbeaten in their last six matches and a 2-0 win over Nice last weekend made it three wins from their last four.

Ayew, on loan from Olympique Marseille poked Herve Renard’s side in front in the 33rd minute when he sent in a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner following Julien Faussurier's through ball.

Paul-Georges Ntep pulled Rennes even 18 minutes from time with a fine header when a tailor-measured cross by Steven Moreira was perfectly headed in. Zambian striker Emmanuel Mayuka was brought in to replace Sanjin Prcic and he announced his presence a minute later by stealing all the points at stake with a header from very close range to the high centre of the goal after Sébastien Roudet sent in a cross from corner after Ayew's initial shot was blocked.

The 22-year-old Ghanaian striker has now netted five goals in 17 appearances for Sochaux after joining them on loan in January. The Montbéliard-based club now has their destiny in their hands to escape relegation if they beat fellow relegation-threatened side Evian Thonon Gillard in the all-important last game of the season next weekend at the Stade Auguste-Bonal.

Sochaux currently lie 18th on the log with 37 points, two points of safety.