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

Alejandro Bedoya

Nantes’ American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, celebrates after scoring against Marseille, during their League One soccer match, at the Velodrome Stadium, in Marseille, southern France, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

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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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