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French Ligue 1

Stade Nungesser 9th February 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: R Buquet

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs Brest Brest

Valenc'nes 2

M Dossevi (10)
R Mater (45+1)

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Brest 1

F Raspentino (90+1)

Brest remain in trouble

Last Updated: 09/02/13 10:05pm

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Rudy Mater blasts home Valenciennes' second goal

Rudy Mater blasts home Valenciennes' second goal

Brest remained just two points clear of Ligue 1's relegation zone after losing 2-1 to Valenciennes at the Stade du Hainaut.

First-half goals from Mathieu Dossevi and Rudy Mater were enough to secure a win that leaves VA 10th in the table.

Charlison Benschop hit the post for Brest in the second half but they had only Florian Raspentino's late goal for consolation.

Valenciennes goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau saved Geoffrey Dernis' early shot before his side took the lead in the ninth minute.

Maor Melikson's shot was saved by Alexis Thebaux but Dossevi followed up to open the scoring.

Penneteau denied Abdulwahid Sissoko and his efforts were matched by Thebaux, who parried away Carlos Sanchez's left-foot drive.

But the visiting keeper had a moment to forget just before half-time when he hopelessly misjudged Mater's dipping long-range effort and the ball bounced in front of him and past his flailing leg before nestling in the net.

Brest almost pulled a goal back in the 57th minute when Jonathan Ayite teed up Benschop, who hammered a 20-yard effort against the upright.

Melikson's free-kick was headed over by Sanchez but it was a rare second-half chance for Valenciennes, who were happy to defend their two-goal lead.

Benjamin Angoua deflected another Benschop strike behind for a corner, but the visitors had to wait until stoppage time to get on the scoresheet.

Ayite threaded a neat pass through for substitute Raspentino who burst into the penalty area and finished low past Penneteau, but the goal had no impact on the result.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 26 54
2 Paris St Germain 26 52
3 Marseille 27 50
4 Monaco 25 43
5 St Etienne 26 42
6 Bordeaux 26 41
7 Montpellier 25 39
8 Guingamp 26 35
9 Caen 27 34
10 Nice 26 34
11 Bastia 26 33
12 Nantes 26 33
13 Lille 26 32
14 Rennes 26 32
15 Reims 26 31
16 Lorient 25 28
17 Toulouse 26 28
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 25 26
19 RC Lens 26 22
20 Metz 26 22