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Nice halt Saint-Etienne's five game winning streak

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Saint-Etienne have been PSG's biggest rivals at the top of Ligue 1 over the past few weeks after their five consecutive league wins, but a revitalised Nice side dented their opponents fine form with a 4-1 away win. 

The game was full of drama from the outset as the Nice youngster Vincent Koziello scored his first goal for the club after just four minutes as he continued his fine form with another brilliant display in midfield. Saint-Etienne then drew level on the eighteenth minute through their inspirational captain Loic Perrin who guided his shot calmly past the Nice keeper Mouez Hassen.

The game was evenly poised at 1-1 before Hatem Ben Arfa decided to turn the game on its head with an absolutely sensational goal as he weaved his way past no fewer than five defenders before finishing with aplomb.

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It really was a moment of absolute genius as the ex-Newcastle man produced a piece of play that even Lionel Messi would have been chuffed with.

It was reminiscent of his goals while a Magpies player against Middlesborough and Bolton Wanderers. It will surely be a contender for Ligue 1 goal of the season.

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On fire

The mercurial Frenchman then struck again just before half-time to inflict further damage to Saint-Etienne.Ben Arfa was a constant thorn in the usually reliable defensive pairing of Florentin Pogba and Loic Perrin as he reminded the world of his talents with another sensational display which saw him go level with Edinson Cavani at the top of the goalscoring charts with six goals apiece. 

The second half was strange as Jean Seri put Nice 4-1 in front before Nampalys Mendy and Maxime le Marchand were sent off for the visitors. Saint-Etienne had no reply, however, and Ben Arfa and his Nice side recorded a brilliant win away at the in-form side in the league. 

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