PARIS (AP) — Saint-Etienne thrashed Caen 5-0 on Saturday to stay in contention for a European place despite an avalanche of injuries and the absence of suspended players.
Without Wahbi Khazri and Mathieu Debuchy among others, Romain Hamouma played a crucial role against his former club and was involved in the three first-half goals. He scored Saint-Etienne’s opener in the fifth minute and then delivered assists for Robert Beric and Arnaud Nordin.
Lamine Ghezali and Valentin Vada were also on the scoresheet.
“They taught us a football lesson,” said Caen captain Faycal Fajr, whose side remained bottom, nine points from safety. “This was our worse game this season.”