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St-Étienne prove too strong for Nantes

Published: Saturday 21 December 2013, 21.51CET
AS Saint-Étienne maintained their push for a European place with a 2-0 win against FC Nantes, with AS Monaco FC's title hopes having taken a knock after a loss on Friday.

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Published: Saturday 21 December 2013, 21.51CET

St-Étienne prove too strong for Nantes

AS Saint-Étienne maintained their push for a European place with a 2-0 win against FC Nantes, with AS Monaco FC's title hopes having taken a knock after a loss on Friday.

AS Saint-Étienne moved up to fourth in the table with a 2-0 win against FC Nantes in the biggest of Saturday's fixtures in France.

Following an astute ball from Mevlüt Erdinç, Benjamin Corgnet's side-footed effort took a handy deflection off Papy Djilobodji to give Les Verts a 24th-minute lead at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. With Nantes' leading scorer Filip Djordjević having gone off injured, St-Étienne pressed their advantage, Erdinç putting the game beyond Nantes from the spot after substitute Chaker Alhadhur had handled in the box.

Paris Saint-Germain play third-placed LOSC Lille on Sunday but are already certain to be top at the winter break following AS Monaco FC's shock 2-1 home defeat to lowly Valenciennes FC on Friday night. Éric Abidal's own goal and a David Ducourtioux strike put the visitors 2-0 up, and substitute Falcao missed a penalty before James Rodriguez's 84th-minute effort handed Les Princes a lifeline.

In Saturday's late games, Stade de Reims, OGC Nice and struggling FC Sochaux-Montbéliard all secured comfortable home victories, against AC Ajaccio, Évian Thonon Gaillard FC and Stade Rennais FC respectively, while Toulouse FC versus EA Guingamp and SC Bastia's home game against Montpellier Hérault SC both ended goalless.

Last updated: 23/12/13 1.36CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 21/12/2013 21:59 CET

21/12/2013

BastiaBastia0-0MontpellierMontpellier

Venue: Bastia

21/12/2013

NiceNice3-1ÉvianÉvian

Bautheac 60, 69, Bosetti 86

Mongongu 27 (P)

Venue: Nice

21/12/2013

ReimsReims4-1AjaccioAjaccio

Charbonnier 59, 62, Atar 73, Ayité 77

Eduardo 74

Venue: Reims

21/12/2013

SochauxSochaux2-0RennesRennes

Bakambu 18 (P), 71

Venue: Montbeliard

21/12/2013

ToulouseToulouse0-0GuingampGuingamp

Venue: Toulouse

21/12/2013

St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne2-0NantesNantes

Corgnet 24, Mevlüt Erdinç 83 (P)

Venue: Saint-Etienne

20/12/2013

MonacoMonaco1-2ValenciennesValenciennes

James Rodríguez 83

Abidal 30 (og), Ducourtioux 58

Venue: Monaco

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