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Dec 21, 2013 at 4pm UK at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
St EtienneSaint-Etienne
2-0
NantesNantes
Corgnet (24'), Erding (83' pen.)
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Win moves Saint-Etienne up to fourth

Saint-Etienne move up to fourth in the Ligue 1 table with a 2-0 win over Nantes.

Saint-Etienne have climbed up to fourth in the Ligue 1 table with a 2-0 win over Nantes this afternoon.

Saint Etienne's French midfielder Benjamin Corgnet (L) celebrates with a teammate after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Saint-Etienne (ASSE) vs Nantes (FCNA) on December 21, 2013© Getty Images

Mevlut Erding tested the visitors in the opening couple of minutes, blasting his first effort wide before Remy Riou made a save.

Saint-Etienne continued to have the better of the chances and managed to break the deadlock in the 24th minute as Benjamin Corgnet drilled the ball in from outside the box.

Serge Gakpo came close to equalising straight away, but Stephane Ruffier was able to keep his long-range strike out.

Both sides has a series of chances late in the first half, but neither could add the second goal of the match before the break.

Erding continued to cause problems for the visitors, but it was Nantes who looked more like scoring in the second half, with Papy Djilobodji tapping the ball just wide, while Alejandro Bedoya headed a fraction high.

However, the hosts were able to clinch the win. Chaker Alhadhur handled the ball in the box, allowing Erding to slot the ball in from the penalty spot.

The striker came close to adding a second in stoppage time, but his right-footed effort was tipped just wide.

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3Marseille7421148614
4Nice74211531213
5Angers8341117413
6Lorient834198113
7Lyon83321312112
8MonacoMonaco83231111011
9Lille83231114-311
10NantesNantes83141110110
11Reims8242109110
12StrasbourgStrasbourg83141213-110
13Rennes823310919
14Montpellier HSCMontpellier8233151509
15Clermont82331119-89
16Bordeaux81431117-67
17Troyes8134812-46
18Metz8134916-76
19Brest8044916-74
20Saint-EtienneSt Etienne8035717-103

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