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French Ligue 1

Stade Nungesser (ATT 13,550) 14th September 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: P Kalt

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs St Etienne St Etienne

Valenc'nes 1

M Melikson (pen 80)

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St Etienne 3

B Corgnet (17, 53)
R Hamouma (47)

St Etienne take top spot with win

Last Updated: 14/09/13 10:42pm

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Benjamin Corgnet (right) celebrates

Benjamin Corgnet (right) celebrates

St Etienne took top spot in Ligue 1, at least overnight, as Benjamin Corgnet scored twice to set up victory over Valenciennes at the Stade du Hainaut.

Corgnet gave the visitors a half-time lead and struck again after Romain Hamouma had doubled the lead.

Maor Melikson pulled a goal back with a penalty but ASSE lead the standings at least until Monaco take on Lorient on Sunday lunchtime.

Corgnet was the provider for Les Verts' first chance five minutes in but Hamouma's low drive was saved by Nicolas Penneteau.

However the goalkeeper was culpable for the opening goal, diverting Faouzi Ghoulam's cross straight to Corgnet who finished calmly with Penneteau still on the ground.

Hamouma almost added a freak second goal before the half-hour as the ball broke goalwards out of a tackle, but Lindsay Rose cleared off the line to keep Valenciennes in touch at half-time.

But three minutes into the second period, it was 2-0 as Jeremy Clement teed up Hamouma to fire home from 25 yards with Penneteau helpless.

Corgnet and Hamouma continued to link up, forcing Penneteau to beat away a shot from the latter in the 53rd minute.

The pair were not to be denied, though, and another combination a minute later ended with Corgnet finishing first time through the legs of the beleaguered Penneteau.

It was almost 4-0 as Mevlut Erding headed Franck Tabanou's cross against the post, but as St Etienne eased off in the final half-hour they allowed the hosts to grab a consolation goal.

Moustapha Bayal Sall handled in the penalty area and Melikson powered home the penalty despite a slight touch from goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 35 71
2 Paris St Germain 34 71
3 Monaco 34 62
4 Marseille 35 60
5 St Etienne 35 60
6 Bordeaux 35 56
7 Montpellier 35 53
8 Lille 34 50
9 Rennes 35 50
10 Guingamp 35 46
11 Nantes 34 44
12 Bastia 35 43
13 Nice 35 42
14 Caen 35 39
15 Lorient 35 39
16 Toulouse 34 39
17 Reims 35 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 35 37
19 Metz 35 30
20 RC Lens 34 26