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Saint-Etienne beats Guingamp to move level on points with bitter rival Lyon in French league


PARIS — Saint-Etienne carried its European form into the French league with a 3-0 win over Guingamp on Sunday and moved level on points with third-place Lyon in the standings.

After a tense first half marred by fouls from both sides, opened the scoring in the 52nd minute with a clean finish but his goal should have been disallowed because was in an offside position at the start of the move.

sealed Saint-Etienne's first league win in three games three minutes from time from the penalty spot and added one in injury time.

Fourth-place Saint-Etienne, which advanced to the knockout phase of the Europa League midweek with a 1-1 draw at Rosenborg, has 25 points from 15 games but a worse goal difference than bitter rival Lyon. Paris Saint-Germain has a 15-point lead over second-place Angers.

"We struggled in the first half because it was difficult to find space in Guingamp's well-organized defensive lines," Eysseric said. "It was easier after we scored our first goal, we played more freely afterward although the score doesn't realty reflect (how tight) the match was because they created good chances."

Saint-Etienne finished with 10 men after Moustapha Sall was sent off for a second yellow card two minutes from time for elbowing a Guingamp player in the face.

Guingamp missed two chances to take the lead in the first half through and , who also wasted a good occasion to level following Hamouma's opener when he fluffed a shot from 's fine cut-back pass in the 78th.

"We should have scored first," said Guingamp midfielder . "Then they caught us on the break and were clinical."

Hamouma slotted home into an open goal after feinting goalkeeper and was decisive again in the 87th when he outpaced Guingamp defenders only to be fouled in the box by . Eysseric sent Lossl the wrong way to make it 2-0 before Roux concluded a fast collective move from Eysseric's assist.

could have pulled one back in the next minute but his effort from close range was denied by 's brilliant reflex save on his line.

Marseille played host to Monaco in a late game and Caen traveled to Bordeaux.

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