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Saint-Etienne claimed a first away win in four months and moved to fifth place in the French league standings with a 1-0 win at Rennes

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PARIS — Saint-Etienne claimed a first away win in more than four months and moved up to fifth in the French league standings with a 1-0 victory at Rennes on Thursday.

Both teams struggled to create chances before defender Moustapha Bayal Sall netted the winner in the 74th minute with a header at the back post.

The strike earned Saint-Etienne its first league win away from Geoffroy Guichard stadium since Sept. 23, and lifted it to within six points of second-place Monaco.

Runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain has a 24-point lead at the top of the standings.

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