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, Romain Hamouma opened the scoring in the 52nd minute with a clean finish but his goal should have been disallowed because Neal Maupay was in an offside position at the start of the move.
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 Marcus Coco and Jimmy Briand, who also wasted a good occasion to level following Hamouma's opener when he fluffed a shot from Pierre-Yves Polomat's fine cut-back pass in the 78th.
"We should have scored first," said Guingamp midfielder Nicolas Benezet. "Then they caught us on the break and were clinical."
Hamouma slotted home into an open goal after feinting goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and was decisive again in the 87th when he outpaced Guingamp defenders only to be fouled in the box by Dorian Leveque. Eysseric sent Lossl the wrong way to make it 2-0 before Roux concluded a fast collective move from Eysseric's assist.
Marseille played host to Monaco in a late game and Caen traveled to Bordeaux.