Opa Nguette at the double as Metz silence Bouanga’s Saint-Etienne


The Senegal international was on target twice as the Maroons moved out of the relegation zone thanks to their win over the Greens

Metz recorded a 3-1 win over Saint-Etienne in Sunday’s Ligue 1 outing with Opa Nguette bagging a brace.

The Maroons came into this encounter in good shape having defeated Reims and Strasbourg in their last two outings.

Against the visitors, they continued with their fine form with Nguette throwing the Stade Saint-Symphorien faithfuls into ecstasy following his 44th minute strike.

His compatriot, Habib Diallo doubled the advantage in the 63rd minute – for his 13th French topflight strike of the season.

Seven minutes later, the Senegalese completed his brace with on-loan Angers midfielder Vincent Pajot providing the assist.

With a minute left to play, the visitors registered their consolation goal through Romain Hamouma.

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Saint-Etienne-slayer Nguette was replaced by Thierry Ambrose in the 72nd minute, while Diallo, Ghana’s John Boye and Cote d’Ivoire’s Habib Maiga saw every minute of action.

For the Greens, Algeria international Ryad Boudebouz, Gabon’s Denis Bouanga and Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri were dressed by manager Claude Puel.

Ranked 16th in Ligue 1 with 26 points from 22 outings, Metz continue their race against relegation with a visit to Montpellier on Wednesday, while Saint-Etienne host Olympique Marseille the same day.


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