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French Ligue 1

Stade de Moustir 12th May 2013 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: S Moreira

Lorient Lorient vs St Etienne St Etienne

Lorient 3

K Monnet-Paquet (50)
F Robert (67)
Y Jouffre (90+3)


St Etienne 1

K Zouma (80)

Lorient dent St Etienne hopes

Last Updated: 12/05/13 5:53pm

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Lorient celebrate against St Etienne

Lorient celebrate against St Etienne

St Etienne's European hopes suffered a blow as they lost 3-1 at Lorient in Ligue 1 on Sunday afternoon.

After dominating the first half, the hosts went ahead five minutes after the break through Kevin Monnet-Paquet.

Fabien Robert doubled the lead in the 67th minute and, although Kurt Zouma pulled one back 11 minutes from the end, Yann Jouffre made the points safe in injury time to leave St Etienne needing favours from others on the final day of the season to qualify for the Europa League.

It was a third straight league match without a win for the visitors, but they created the game's first chance, Brandao winning the ball in midfield and releasing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose low drive was saved by Benjamin Lecomte.

That was as good as it got for them in the first half, though, as Lorient took charge.

St Etienne keeper Stephane Ruffier blocked a volley from Benjamin Corgnet and then got down well to keep out a first-time hit from Maxime Barthelme from the edge of the area.

And Ruffier had to be alert again to deny Jouffre.

A goal was coming and it finally arrived in the 50th minute.

Corgnet released Lamine Gassama down the right and the Senegal international crossed to the far post where Monnet-Paquet headed home through Ruffier's legs.

Monnet-Paquet headed inches over from another Gassama cross before Robert got the second, his first goal in three years.

It came down the right again, Corget crossing and Robert beating Zouma to the ball to head in.

Zouma made his presence felt at the other end to get St Etienne back in it in the 79th minute, rising high to power home Romain Hamouma's corner.

But an equaliser never looked on the cards and instead Lorient wrapped up the points two minutes into added time when Jouffre curled home a fine free-kick.

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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