PARIS: David Pereira da Costa scored early in the second half as Lens won 1-0 at lowly Nantes to move up to sixth place in the French league on Saturday.
After hitting the crossbar in the first minute, the Portuguese winger scored with a low angled strike in the 48th.
Lens moved level on points with fifth-place Lille, which has a better goal difference and hosts struggling Clermont on Sunday.
Nantes competed well at times and had a goal from striker Tino Kadewere ruled out in the 20th. It’s in 13th place in the 18-team league.
Earlier on Saturday, Martin Terrier scored again to help Rennes beat Montpellier 2-1 and secure a fourth straight league win. Agencies