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La Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau 13th April 2014 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: O Thual

Nantes Nantes vs Guingamp Guingamp

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Nantes glee with three points

Last Updated: 13/04/14 3:44pm

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Nantes salute the fans after their victory

Nantes salute the fans after their victory

Nantes' faltering season was given a timely boost with a 1-0 Ligue 1 win over struggling Guingamp at La Beaujoire.

Serge Gakpe's early opener - his fourth goal of the season - was all the hosts needed to see of their lowly opponents and gave Michel Der Zakarian's mid-table side only their second win in 13 games.

Defeat for Guingamp left them perilously close to the drop zone, with just five points separating them from third-bottom Evian.

Nantes made the perfect start when they hit the hosts on the counter-attack and Veretout's delivery from the right was drilled home confidently by Gakpe to give Les Canaris an early foothold in the game.

The home team continued to do all the pressing early on and it looked like Itay Shechter might add a second when Guingamp goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa miscontrolled a back-pass, but the visiting shot-stopper recovered.

Nantes looked the most likely to score the second of the game as Johan Audel went close when his effort from the edge of the area took a touch off Christophe Kerbrat before ending up the wrong side of Samassa's post.

Shechter had a good opportunity to double the hosts' advantage just before the break but headed straight at Samassa after Veigneau had picked him out, and the one-goal lead remained at the interval.

The half-time break did little to stem the flow of attacks on the Guingamp goal and Shechter twice went close after escaping the visitors' defence, but Laurent dos Santos and Audel did well to get back and block both of the Israel international's efforts.

Der Zakarian's team were doing everything but score an elusive second and next it was Alejandro Bedoya who saw a shot end up agonisingly wide of the target after the American had benefited from some poor defending.

As time ticked by, Guingamp showed no signs of improvement and it was Nantes' Audel who went closest at the other end but he volleyed over from Issa Cissokho's delivery.

Younousse Sankhare had a wonderful opportunity with minutes left to steal what would have been an undeserved point when he headed Ladislas Douniama's pull-back over Maxime Dupe's bar but, in the end, Gapke's early strike proved enough for Nantes.

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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 Evian Thonon Gaillar 27 32
17 Lorient 27 31
18 Toulouse 27 29
19 RC Lens 27 22
20 Metz 27 22