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French Ligue 1

Stadium Municipal 18th August 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: F Fautrel

Toulouse Toulouse vs St Etienne St Etienne

Toulouse 2

E Capoue (35)
W Ben Yedder (59)

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St Etienne 1

M Gradel (pen 90+2)

Toulouse up and running

Last Updated: 18/08/12 10:09pm

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Toulouse celebrate against St Etienne

Toulouse celebrate against St Etienne

Toulouse picked up their first win of the Ligue 1 campaign with a 2-1 victory over St Etienne in sweltering conditions in the south-west of France.

Etienne Capoue put the hosts in front 10 minutes before the break and Wissam Ben Yedder doubled the lead just before the hour mark.

Capoue missed the chance to put it beyond doubt in the 74th minute when his penalty was saved, but Max Gradel's spot-kick was nothing more than consolation for the visitors.

Toulouse began brightly, with Pavle Ninko's long throw finding Daniel Braaten, but Stephane Ruffier was able to hold his header.

They took the lead in the 34th minute when Capuoe met Franck Tabanou's corner with a volley that went low and into the net.

St Etienne enjoyed little attacking joy in the first half, their best chance two minutes before the break, when Banel Nicolita sent a free-kick straight at goal.

Toulouse were quickly on the attack again in the second half, but Ben Yedder's header was kept out by Ruffier, who then also denied Moussa Sissoko who was through one-on-one.

The key second goal came in the 58th minute thanks to great work from Braaten and Tabanou, finding the unmarked Ben Yedder at the far post to turn the ball in.

Kurt Zouma's foul on Emmanuel Riviere gave Toulouse the chance to settle it in the 74th minute, but Ruffier got a firm hand to Capoue's penalty.

Gradel got one back from the spot at the death after Capoue fouled the Ivorian forward.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29