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Geoffroy-Guichard 16th December 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: S Lannoy

St Etienne St Etienne vs Lorient Lorient

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Lorient 2

J Aliadiere (20)
A Traore (38)

More success for St Etienne

Last Updated: 16/12/12 7:15pm

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Jeremie Aliadiere: On target for Lorient

Jeremie Aliadiere: On target for Lorient

In-form Lorient powered to a fourth straight win to continue their march up the Ligue 1 table with a 2-0 victory over St Etienne at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

Jeremie Aliadiere and Alain Traore were on target in the first half as Lorient maintained their impressive run which began with victory over Toulouse and continued apace against Marseille and Sochaux.

Christian Gourcuff's men have not conceded a goal in that sequence and are now up to fourth place having recovered superbly from a seven-game winless run earlier in the season.

St Etienne will be hopeful of mounting a similar salvage operation in the coming months after they slumped to a fourth match without a win that sees them drop to eighth.

Twenty minutes were on the clock when the visitors went ahead after Benjamin Corgnet picked out Aliadiere on the right wing, the former Arsenal man cutting inside and beating two defenders before sending a smart finish beyond Stephane Ruffier.

Corgnet nearly doubled the lead three minutes later when his testing shot from 18 yards forced a superb two-handed save from Ruffier.

Traore fired into the side-netting 60 seconds later as a Lorient side coursing with confidence continued to dominate.

The second goal duly arrived six minutes before the interval as Enzo Reale beat Faouzi Ghoulam before crossing into the area where Traore rose above Moustapha Bayal Sall to head home.

St Etienne improved after the break with Wesley Lautoa forced to clear off the line from Fabien Lemoine's strike in the 57th minute, while Fabian Audard made a great save from the same player inside the final 10 minutes to preserve his clean sheet.

Lorient had chances to add to the scoring after the break but Aliadiere was denied by Ruffier and Kevin Monnet-Paquet flashed wide when well placed.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 14 31
2 Paris St Germain 14 30
3 Lyon 14 27
4 Nantes 14 24
5 Bordeaux 14 24
6 St Etienne 14 23
7 Rennes 14 22
8 Monaco 14 20
9 Montpellier 14 20
10 Reims 14 19
11 Nice 14 18
12 Metz 14 18
13 Toulouse 14 17
14 Lille 13 16
15 Bastia 14 14
16 Caen 14 13
17 Lorient 14 13
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 13 13
19 Guingamp 14 12
20 RC Lens 14 11