PARIS (AP) — Lens moved up to second in the French league with a 2-0 win over nine-man Saint-Etienne on Saturday.
Lens is level on points with Rennes but below the league leader on goal difference. Rennes hosts Reims on Sunday.
Saint-Etienne got off to the worst possible start as defender Timothée Kolodziejczak was sent off after just 14 minutes for a foul on Lens forward Ignatius Ganago. Gaël Kakuta converted the resulting penalty.
Facundo Medina thought he had doubled Lens’ lead shortly after but it was ruled out for offside.