Claude Puel's team enjoys the takeoff that starred dates back. He accumulates Saint Etienne five victories and a draw in his six recent games. And he already shares second place with Angers, who on Saturday drew goalless with Reims.
Saint Etienne reacted to the initial advantage of Nantes, which has already been losing four straight. It was Ludovic Blas who put the locals ahead a quarter of an hour, by taking advantage of the assistance of also Peruvian Cristian Benavente. But the Peruvian Miguel Trauco, in 22 showed the visitor response and matched the clash with a powerful header. It was the first goal of the left back in the eight games in which he participated in the French League.
The alternatives marked the first half. Four minutes later, Nantes regained the advantage with the goal of Imran Louza but at 34, Bouanga returned to balance the match, after a great pass from Trauco.
Already in the second part, the clash did not unbalance until 67, when the Gabonese scored his second goal and gave the victory to the visitors.
In addition, Montpellier was reunited with the victory after after games without winning at the expense of Toulouse (3-0), penultimate in the table and in relegation places.
Gaetan Laborde, Damien Le Tallec and Teji Savanier certified the success of Montpellier, which is close to the top of the ranking.
Stade Rennes extended the improvement that was evident a week ago and won the Amiens with solvency, which returns to the lower zone of the classification (3-1). The whole of Julien Stephan had to overcome the initial goal of his rival, scored by Sehrou Guirassy in the 35th minute. Four later matched Adrien Hunou.
It was in the second part when the success of Senegalese Mbaye Niang and the penalty transformed by the Brazilian Raphinha sealed the victory of the Rennes. EFE