Ligue 1: AS Monaco beats Lyon to go 4th, St Etienne moves off last spot

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French striker Wissam Ben Yedder’s 14th goal helped Monaco beat Lyon 2-0 at home and move up to fourth place in the French league.

Fourth place earns a place in the Europa League next season.

A cross from Ben Yedder set up Brazilian midfielder Jean Lucas for a header in the third minute, and Ben Yedder cut a delicate blow over the goalkeeper after a pass from Sofiane Diop in the 27th.

It was Ben Yedder’s 62nd goal in 106 games since joining Monaco three years ago.

Lyon recovered to win 2-1 at home to Marseille earlier this week but hardly threatened, despite clearly improving by bringing on former Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele for the second half.

In the other game of the day, troubled Saint-Etienne scored three late goals to beat high-flying Montpellier 3-1 and move away from the bottom of the table. But bottom place Lorient need only draw at home to Lens on Sunday to get past Saint-Etienne.

Striker Elye Wahi put Montpellier ahead in the 11th minute when he finished off a cross from right-back Arnaud Souquet. It was the 19-year-old Wahi’s sixth league goal of the season.

Saint-Etienne substitutes Romain Hamouma and Arnaud Nordin scored in the last 10 minutes before striker Wahbi Khazri added the third goal in stoppage time.

Saint-Etienne, who own a record 10 French titles, have won just four league games so far, but this one will lift their spirits.

In Sunday’s games, runaway league leaders Paris Saint-Germain visit defending champion Lille, who drew with PSG and beat them last season without conceding a goal.

Nice can move two points above second-place Marseille for the automatic Champions League spot if they beat struggling Clermont at home.

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