By Akyereko Frimpong Manson
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Ghana attacker Jordan Ayew made the difference for Sochaux and kept their top-flight hopes alive after scoring to secure the maximum points in a 2-1 away victory over Stade Rennes on Saturday night.Â
The 23-year-old scored the opening goal at the Stade Route de la Lorient with a 33rd minute effort which proved unstoppable forÂ BenoÃ®t Costil but the host levelled through Madiba Ntep before Zambian international Emmanuel Mayuka came off the bench in the 76th minute to restore their lead a minute later.
The on-loan Olympique Marseille star has increased his season's tally to 5 goals in 16 games for Sochaux and he would be aiming to finish the season on a high by helping Sochaux escape relegation.
However, the fight will go down the wire on the last game of the season at Stade Auguste-Bonal in a final fight with fellow relegation-threatened Evian Thonon Gaillard.
Evian who have Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah, recorded a 2-0 win against OG Nice but Sochaux away victory at Rennes has piled pressure on them and could return to the Ligue 2 after two seasons on the top-flight if they lose against Sochaux next Sunday.
Black Stars center-back John Boye played the entire 90 minutes of the game for Rennes are safe from relegation.