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La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau (ATT 27,249) 14th December 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: A Castro

Nantes Nantes vs Toulouse Toulouse

Nantes 1

P Djilobodji (82)

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Toulouse 2

E Didot (55)
J Akpa Akpro (71)

Nantes beaten by Toulouse

Last Updated: 14/12/13 10:04pm

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Celebrations for Toulouse

Celebrations for Toulouse

Nantes' strong return to Ligue 1 suffered a setback on Saturday as they lost 2-1 at home to Toulouse.

Second-half goals from Etienne Didot and Jean Daniel Akpa Akpro were enough for the visitors despite Papy Djilobodji pulling one back for Nantes.

Toulouse move into the top half while defeat leaves Les Canaris in fourth place, with a likely three-point deduction to come which as of now would drop them to seventh.

Nantes had the better of the early exchanges, with Vincent Bessat denied by keeper Ali Ahamada after latching on to Filip Djordjavic's pass.

Alejandro Bedoya then headed against the post after getting ahead of defender Aymen Abdennour to reach Bessat's cross.

Akpa Akpro carved out Toulouse's best chance of the first half when he crossed to Wissam Ben Yedder, whose first-time effort flashed wide.

But le Tefece took the lead nine minutes into the second period when Serge Aurier crossed and Akpa Akpro nodded the ball down for Didot to finish.

Bessat forced another sharp save from Ahamada but it was Toulouse who scored for a second time in the 71st minute as Martin Braithwaite cut into the box and crossed for Akpa Akpro to finish at the far post.

Ahamada was finally beaten in the 82nd minute when defender Djilobodji let fly from 25 yards and his left-foot drive took a slight deflection off Abdennour and left the keeper wrong-footed.

There was no way back for Nantes, though, as Toulouse extended their unbeaten run to four games.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 27 54
2 Paris St Germain 27 53
3 Marseille 27 50
4 Monaco 26 44
5 St Etienne 27 43
6 Montpellier 26 42
7 Bordeaux 27 42
8 Nantes 27 36
9 Lille 27 35
10 Rennes 27 35
11 Guingamp 27 35
12 Caen 27 34
13 Nice 27 34
14 Bastia 27 33
15 Reims 27 32
16 Lorient 26 31
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 26 29
18 Toulouse 27 29
19 RC Lens 27 22
20 Metz 27 22