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Geoffroy-Guichard (ATT 34,034) 1st March 2014 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: C Turpin

St Etienne St Etienne vs Monaco Monaco

St Etienne 2

F Lemoine (17)
R Hamouma (66)

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Monaco 0

Monaco drop off the pace

Last Updated: 01/03/14 6:36pm

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Romain Hamouma was on target for St Etienne

Romain Hamouma was on target for St Etienne

Monaco lost ground in the Ligue 1 title race on Saturday as they went down 2-0 at St Etienne.

Fabien Lemoine and Romain Hamouma were the men on target as Christophe Galtier's stunned their visitors and handed Paris St Germain the opportunity to open up an eight-point cushion at the summit on Sunday night when they face Marseille.

The result also lifted Les Verts to third in the standings, albeit eight points behind Claudio Ranieri's team.

The hosts went ahead by capitalising on their first real sight of goal, Lemoine unleashing a fine right-footed volley into the top corner after Hamouma's corner had been cleared to the edge of the box in the 17th minute.

The visitors were close to an equaliser just after the half-hour, but home goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier kept out Valere Germain's first-time effort despite a slight deflection off Loic Perrin.

Ruffier was beaten five minutes before half-time, but Lemoine came to the rescue by clearing off the line after Fabinho's cross had found Nicolas Isimat-Mirin unmarked in the area.

St Etienne also had their chances, though, and it could have been 2-0 at the interval had Lemoine's left-footed shot from Brandao's set-up snuck inside the post rather than skimming the upright on its way wide.

It was Monaco's turn to be denied by the woodwork in the opening moments of the second period, Germain freed by substitute Lucas Ocampos and despatching a fierce shot against the post.

Rodriguez could also have got his side back on level terms a minute later, but Ruffier made the block. Benoit Tremoulinas supplied the delivery from a free-kick and, although it was half cleared, it fell kindly for Hamouma to return with interest.

Things could have got even worse for Monaco four minutes from time, but goalkeeper Danijel Subasic got down well to deny Brandao a third.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 26 54
2 Paris St Germain 26 52
3 Marseille 27 50
4 Monaco 25 43
5 St Etienne 26 42
6 Bordeaux 26 41
7 Montpellier 25 39
8 Guingamp 26 35
9 Caen 27 34
10 Nice 26 34
11 Bastia 26 33
12 Nantes 26 33
13 Lille 26 32
14 Rennes 26 32
15 Reims 26 31
16 Lorient 25 28
17 Toulouse 26 28
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 25 26
19 RC Lens 26 22
20 Metz 26 22