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.
The 23-year-old scored the opening goal at the Stade Route de la Lorient with a 33rd minute effort which proved unstoppable for Benoît 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.