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Geoffroy-Guichard (ATT 23,838) 30th November 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: P Kalt

St Etienne St Etienne vs Reims Reims

St Etienne 4

M Sall (62)
L Perrin (76, 78)
M Erdinc (87)

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Reims 0

Super St Etienne strike

Last Updated: 30/11/13 5:52pm

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Moustapha Bayal Sall celebrates his opener

Moustapha Bayal Sall celebrates his opener

A second-half goal blitz saw St Etienne romp to a 4-0 win over Reims and maintain their challenge for European football next season.

Moustapha Bayal Sall got the scoring under way after 62 minutes before two goals in as many minutes from Loic Perrin put the match beyond their opponents.

Mevlut Erdinc then added gloss to the scoreline with his late strike to make it back-to-back wins for St Etienne in Ligue 1.There was little sign of the excitement to come as the crowd sat through a dismal opening 45 minutes at the Stade Geoffrey Guichard.

Chances were few and far between for both teams, with Brandao briefly threatening after 24 minutes with a powerful volley which flew over the bar.

Odair Fortes then had Reims' best chance of the half on the 30-minute mark, smashing a low drive which brought an excellent save out of Stephane Ruffier.

But it was St Etienne who came out firing on all cylinders after the interval and Sall broke the deadlock 17 minutes into the half, heading home a corner from Romain Hamouma.

The home side were two goals to the good after 76 minutes thanks to Perrin, who benefited from a curling free-kick from team-mate Yohan Mollo to find the target with a diving header.

And the defender was on the mark again just two minutes later with another accurate header on the rebound after visiting goalkeeper Kossi Agassa had done a poor job of clearing a corner from Hamouma.

There was no way back for Reims at this point and Hamouma capped an excellent performance three minutes from time with his third assist of the afternoon, laying the ball off for Erdinc to fire home right-footed.

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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