Nantes wins 2-0 at Saint-Etienne to move into 4th place

PARIS (AP) — Mehdi Abeid and Ludovic Blas provided the goals as Nantes won 2-0 at struggling Saint-Etienne to move up to fourth place in the French league on Sunday.

Abeid put Nantes ahead in the 23rd minute with a powerful strike from outside the penalty area after Saint-Etienne’s defense failed to clear the ball properly.

Blas netted three minutes after the break from Nigeria forward Moses Simon’s pass.

Saint-Etienne’s form has dropped in recent games and a ninth defeat of the season pushed coach Claude Puel’s side down to 15th spot.

Later Sunday, league leader Paris Saint-Germain plays Monaco in the first of their back-to-back league games, with Monaco hosting PSG on Wednesday.

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