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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 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23