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WATCH: Ale Bedoya’s half-volley part of Nantes blowout of Valenciennes

Apr 20, 2014, 6:41 PM EDT

Alejandro Bedoya AP

Ale Bedoya’s goal before halftime almost didn’t happen; French U-21 starlet Jordan Veretout barely kept the ball in bounds before feeding a pass into the box.

But he did keep the ball in bounds, allowing Bedoya’s well-timed run to end with a thunderous half-volley past Valenciennes goalkeeper Macedo Novaes. The strike gave Nantes a second goal en route to a 6-2 win.

Bedoya, who turns 27 later this month, now has six goals in all competitions this season. That includes five in Ligue 1 play, with four coming away from home. He’s scored professionally in three countries.

Nantes rose to 11th on the table, while Valenciennes is six points shy of safety.

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