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St-Étienne stay hot on Nice's heels

Published: Saturday 23 February 2013, 22.18CET
A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double helped AS Saint-Étienne overcome bottom club AS Nancy-Lorraine 3-0, meaning Les Verts stayed a point behind fourth-placed OGC Nice.

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Published: Saturday 23 February 2013, 22.18CET

St-Étienne stay hot on Nice's heels

A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double helped AS Saint-Étienne overcome bottom club AS Nancy-Lorraine 3-0, meaning Les Verts stayed a point behind fourth-placed OGC Nice.

AS Saint-Étienne kept pace with fourth-placed OGC Nice by overcoming AS Nancy-Lorraine 3-0 at Stade Marcel Picot.

Nice had triumphed 2-0 against Stade de Reims on Friday night to consolidate fourth spot and close the gap to on the leading three to a single point. The pressure was on fifth-placed St-Étienne to match that result at struggling Nancy, but Les Verts handled it well, and did not look back after Brandão pounced from close range on 17 minutes.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the advantage before the break with a smart turn and finish. Each team then had a man sent off in the second half – debutant Florent Zitte for Nancy and Fabien Lemoine for the visitors – before Aubameyang hit a late third to move his side a point behind Nice.

Meanwhile, Stade Rennais FC fell three points behind St-Étienne after they required a last-gasp equaliser from Jean Makoun to salvage a 2-2 draw against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.

A ten-man LOSC Lille earned a third successive win, beating AC Ajaccio 3-1 courtesy of a second-half double by Dimitri Payet, while Montpellier Hérault SC earned a 1-0 win at Évian Thonon Gaillard FC. Both ES Troyes AC v SC Bastia and Valenciennes FC v Toulouse FC ended goalless.

Last updated: 04/12/13 6.47CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2012/13

Matches
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Last updated: 11/06/2013 15:45 CET

23/02/2013

ÉvianÉvian0-1MontpellierMontpellier

Belhanda 80

Venue: Annecy

23/02/2013

TroyesTroyes0-0BastiaBastia

Venue: Troyes

23/02/2013

ValenciennesValenciennes0-0ToulouseToulouse

Venue: Valenciennes

23/02/2013

AjaccioAjaccio1-3LOSCLOSC

Belghazouani 76

Poulard 38 (o.g.), Payet 67, 74

Venue: Ajaccio

23/02/2013

NancyNancy0-3St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne

Brandão 17, Aubameyang 40, 88

Venue: Nancy

23/02/2013

RennesRennes2-2SochauxSochaux

Boye 34, Makoun 88

Sio 21, Corchia 56

Venue: Rennes

22/02/2013

NiceNice2-0ReimsReims

Eysseric 11 (P), Civelli 85

Venue: Nice

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