Alessandrini sends Rennes into cup semis

Romain Alessandrini's late winner sent Stade Rennes into the French League Cup semi-finals after a 2-1 home success against Troyes on Thursday.

Midfielder Alessandrini poked the ball home on 88 minutes after keeper Yohann Thuram-Ulien had parried away a Vincent Pajot header into his path as the hosts booked a place in the last four against Montpellier.

Saint-Etienne will take on Lille in the other semi-final.

Rennes started brightly, with Jonathan Pitroipa latching onto a Julien Feret cross to make it 1-0 from close range.

The 17-year-old Corentin Jean equalised for the visitors in the 22nd minute with a fine low shot from inside the box and Troyes produced a battling display until they cracked in the closing stages.