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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, 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.

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

Fourth-place Saint-Etienne, which advanced to the knockout phase of the Europa League midweek, 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.

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