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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 Lyon 35 71
2 Paris St Germain 34 71
3 Monaco 35 65
4 Marseille 35 60
5 St Etienne 35 60
6 Bordeaux 35 56
7 Montpellier 35 53
8 Lille 35 53
9 Rennes 35 50
10 Guingamp 35 46
11 Nantes 34 44
12 Bastia 35 43
13 Nice 35 42
14 Caen 35 39
15 Lorient 35 39
16 Toulouse 35 39
17 Reims 35 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 35 37
19 Metz 35 30
20 RC Lens 35 26