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Niang outshines Alioui with brace in Rennes win over Angers

00:44 GMT+3 08/12/2019
M'Baye Niang
The African stars found the back of the net in Saturday's league game but the Senegalese forward's contribution guided his team to victory

Senegal's Mbaye Niang outshone Morocco's Rachid Alioui as his brace powered Rennes to a 2-1 win over Angers.

Niang scored a goal in each half of the encounter to stretch his Ligue 1 tally to seven goals after 16 games this season.

The 24-year-old striker opened the scoring at Roazhon Park in the 24th minute, thanks to Raphinha's assist and he later gave the hosts a two-goal lead with his effort in the 80th minute.

Towards the end of the encounter, Alioui grabbed a stoppage-time goal for Angers but it stood as a consolation for his side who bowed to their seventh league loss of the season.

The strike ended the Moroccan's eight-game goal drought in the French top-flight, with his last goal dating back to September 28 against Amiens.

So far this season, Alioui has notched five goals in 17 Ligue 1 matches.

The result moved Rennes to fourth in the league standings with 27 points while Angers dropped to 10th with 24 points after 17 matches.