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French Ligue 1

Stade Nungesser 26th May 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: C Turpin

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs Troyes Troyes

Valenc'nes 2

F Jarjat (og 68)
G Pujol (88)


Troyes 1

B Nivet (12)

Troyes are relegated

Troyes sunk on Sunday

Last Updated: 27/05/13 12:04am

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Gregory Pujol got the winner for the home side

Gregory Pujol got the winner for the home side

Two late Valenciennes goals confirmed Troyes' relegation to Ligue 2.

Troyes came into the contest on the back of three successive wins but still needed a win against VA allied to a defeat for Sochaux at Bastia to survive.

Sochaux did just enough in a goalless draw to secure their top-flight status, but for much of the night their future was on a knife-edge after Troyes took an early lead through Benjamin Nivet.

Troyes held the lead until 20 minutes from time when Benjamin Angoua levelled, and the visitors' hopes were firmly doused three minutes from the end when Gregory Pujol fired home.

Eleven minutes were on the clock when Troyes went in front, Florian Jarjat's cross from the right reaching Nivet, who sent a controlled low finish beyond Nicolas Penneteau.

David Ducourtioux headed against the post as VA went in search of an equaliser before the break, while the hosts' luck was also out in the 55th minute when Vincent Aboubakar teed up Remi Gomis for a shot that came back off the bar.

Troyes had ridden their luck and it came as little surprise when Valenciennes finally broke through their defences in the 70th minute, Maor Melikson's corner headed home by Angoua via a slight deflection off Jarjat.

With three minutes left VA made sure of the points as Gael Danic crossed for Pujol to bundle the ball home, as Troyes' time in Ligue 1 was brought to an end after just one season.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 32 65
2 Lyon 32 64
3 Monaco 33 59
4 Marseille 33 57
5 St Etienne 32 56
6 Bordeaux 33 54
7 Montpellier 33 52
8 Lille 33 50
9 Rennes 33 46
10 Nantes 33 43
11 Nice 33 41
12 Guingamp 33 40
13 Caen 33 38
14 Reims 33 38
15 Toulouse 33 38
16 Bastia 33 37
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 37
18 Lorient 33 35
19 Metz 32 29
20 RC Lens 33 26