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Geoffroy-Guichard (ATT 33,704) 21st December 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: L Jaffredo

St Etienne St Etienne vs Nantes Nantes

St Etienne 2

B Corgnet (24)
M Erdinc (pen 83)

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Nantes 0

Easy for St Etienne

Last Updated: 21/12/13 7:38pm

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Benjamin Corgnet: Clinical finish for St Etienne

Benjamin Corgnet: Clinical finish for St Etienne

Goals from Benjamin Corgnet and Mevlut Erding earned St Etienne an ultimately comfortable Ligue 1 win over Nantes.

Corgnet's clinical finish in the first half and Erding's penalty in the closing stages saw Les Verts move to 30 points with their ninth win of the season.

Nantes threatened an equaliser in the closing stages of the first half but the home side were good value for the three points.

Franck Tabanou went close for St Etienne, his 25-yard shot flashing just over, before they took the lead in the 22nd minute.

Max Gradel and Erding combined to set up Corgnet and the midfielder fired the ball clinically past keeper Remy Riou from 15 yards.

Nantes went immediately in search of an equaliser, with Serge Gakpe's fierce long-range drive blocked by Stephane Ruffier.

Gakpe threatened again shortly before half-time when he dispossessed Jonathan Brison and immediately got a shot away, which brushed the outside of the post with Ruffier beaten.

The home keeper had to be at his best in first-half stoppage time when Alejandro Bedoya picked out Fernando Aristeguieta, an early replacement for the injured Filip Djordjevic. The Venezuelan headed at goal but Ruffier blocked.

St Etienne improved markedly in the second half, though, and Erding drew an early save from Riou after being set free by Corgnet.

The pair combined again when Corgnet nodded on Faouzi Ghoulam's cross and Erding volleyed just wide.

And the Turkish forward then headed another Ghoulam cross just wide before finally notching his long-awaited goal from the spot.

Chaker Alhadhur handled in the area and Erding coolly sent Riou the wrong way to put the game beyond doubt.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 34 82
2 Monaco 34 72
3 Lille 34 64
4 St Etienne 34 57
5 Lyon 34 55
6 Marseille 34 52
7 Bordeaux 34 48
8 Toulouse 34 45
9 Reims 34 45
10 Bastia 34 44
11 Nantes 34 43
12 Lorient 34 42
13 Rennes 34 39
14 Montpellier 34 39
15 Nice 34 39
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 38
17 Guingamp 34 35
18 Sochaux 34 33
19 Valenciennes 34 29
20 AC Ajaccio 34 20