Neighbours Stade Rennais and FC Nantes played out a dull mid-table stalemate on Saturday evening.
Rennes had the better of the game, and created a series of half-chances, but on every occasion they were thwarted by Remy Riou.
The Nantes goalkeeper was the game’s outstanding player and was on hand to ensure that the Canaries avoided defeat to their eternal rivals. The stopper has recently been linked with a move to Corsican side SC Bastia, and after this showing, it was easy to see why Sporting would be interested in his acquisition.
A draw sees Rennes remain in 11th place, having accrued 39 points from 30 matches. However, with almost all of the sides in the bottom half taking points, the Red and Blacks are only seven points from the relegation zone.
Nantes are faring little better, and sit only one point and two places above Philippe Montanier’s men.