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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 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15