Antonin Bobichon opened the scoring for Nimes in the second minute with a header that went out of the reach of goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier. Remy Cabella, who also scored against Nimes earlier in the season, answered in the 24th minute for Saint-Etienne.
The victory moves Saint-Etienne past Marseille and back into fourth in the French league, with the fourth-place team earning a spot in the Europa League. Nimes remains 12th, level with Angers on points.
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