Nice end Rennes's winning streak

April 16, 2006

PARIS, April 16 (Reuters) - Nice ended Stade Rennes's winning streak in Ligue 1 on Sunday, registering a 2-1 home victory thanks to a goal from Jacques Abardonado deep into stoppage time.

Rennes, who had won eight league games in a row, are fourth in the table with 56 points and three matches left.

They are two points behind Lille, who defeated second-placed Girondins Bordeaux 3-2 on Saturday to hand Olympique Lyon their fifth consecutive title.

Lyon visit Paris St Germain later on Sunday.

The top two advance to the Champions League with the third-placed club entering the third qualifying round. The team finishing fourth goes into the UEFA Cup.

Nice, who take on Nancy in the League Cup final next weekend, are 10th on 49 points.

"It's sad for us but the season is not over," Rennes coach Laszlo Boloni told reporters.

Rennes travel to Olympique Marseille for a French Cup semi-final clash on Thursday.

Former Manchester United striker David Bellion outpaced the defence to put Nice in front after four minutes.

Rennes equalised on the stroke of halftime when Nigeria striker John Utaka curled a shot past keeper Hugo Lloris.

Nice's winner came five minutes into stoppage time when Abardonado cracked home a well-executed volley.