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Geoffroy-Guichard (ATT 19,839) 1st February 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: L Jaffredo

St Etienne St Etienne vs Valenciennes Valenc'nes

St Etienne 3

R Cohade (45+1)
B Corgnet (56)
Y Mollo (87)

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Valenc'nes 0

Cosy win for St Etienne

Last Updated: 01/02/14 9:55pm

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Saint Etienne's Benjamin Corgnet has an attempt on goal

Saint Etienne's Benjamin Corgnet has an attempt on goal

St Etienne got their bid for Champions League football back on track with a 3-0 win at home to Valenciennes on Saturday.

A goal on the stroke of half-time from Renaud Cohade and second-half efforts from Benjamin Corgnet and Yohan Mollo kept the hosts in the hunt for a top-three finish.

Their hopes were hit by a 2-0 loss at Bordeaux last time out, but this win put them back to within a point of third-placed Lille, who play on Sunday.

Valenciennes' concerns are at the other end of the table, though, and this loss kept them in the bottom three.

St Etienne were on top from the off, Corgnet firing wide and then bringing a smart stop out of Nicolas Penneteau with a powerful shot from Jonathan Brison's cross.

Penneteau then kept out a Brandao header from Romain Hamouma's perfectly-flighted cross, but he was finally beaten in first-half stoppage time as Cohade tapped home following a Franck Tabanou corner.

VA at last worked Stephane Ruffier in the home goal as Maor Melikson tried his luck from the edge of the area early in the second half, but St Etienne were soon up and running again.

Corgnet doubled their lead in the 55th minute, pouncing on a loose ball and finishing with a powerful drive across the keeper.

Brandao volleyed inches over before Mollo added a stylish third five minutes from time, curling home a superb shot after being found by Mevlut Erding.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 22 48
2 Marseille 22 44
3 Paris St Germain 22 44
4 St Etienne 22 40
5 Monaco 22 39
6 Montpellier 22 35
7 Bordeaux 22 33
8 Nice 22 31
9 Nantes 22 31
10 Rennes 22 30
11 Reims 22 29
12 Guingamp 22 28
13 Lille 22 27
14 Bastia 22 23
15 Lorient 22 23
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 22 23
17 Toulouse 22 22
18 Caen 22 21
19 RC Lens 22 20
20 Metz 22 20