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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 Marseille 10 25
2 Paris St Germain 10 18
3 Bordeaux 10 18
4 Lyon 10 17
5 St Etienne 10 17
6 Nantes 10 16
7 Metz 10 15
8 Lille 10 15
9 Toulouse 10 14
10 Monaco 10 14
11 Montpellier 10 14
12 Nice 10 14
13 Rennes 10 12
14 Reims 10 11
15 Lorient 10 10
16 Bastia 10 10
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 10 10
18 Caen 10 9
19 Guingamp 10 9
20 RC Lens 10 8