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French Ligue 1

Stade du Moustoir (ATT 16,593) 17th May 2014 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: Nicolas Rainville

Lorient Lorient vs Lille Lille

Lorient 1

J Aliadiere (22)

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Lille 4

S Kalou (32, 65)
N Roux (52)
G Bourillon (og 90+2)

Lille make it to Champions League

Last Updated: 17/05/14 11:29pm

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Lille celebrate reaching the Champions League

Lille celebrate reaching the Champions League

Lille booked their place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League with a thumping 4-1 victory away to Lorient in their final match of the Ligue 1 season.

Les Dogues needed a win to hold off the challenge of St Etienne, two points behind, and delivered in emphatic style despite falling behind to Jeremie Aliadiere's 22nd-minute goal.

Salomon Kalou hit back 10 minutes later, and in the second half Nolan Roux and Kalou both scored before a late Gregory Bourillon own goal confirmed Lille's place in Europe's top competition.

Kalou might have put Lille in front inside five minutes but his curling free-kick came back off the post.

Vincent Enyeama then deflected Aliadiere's effort wide, while an outstanding save from Fabien Audard denied Jonathan Delaplace.

Aliadiere threw a spanner in Lille's plans with he fired in Wesley Lautoa's pull-back in the 22nd minute but the visitors recovered their poise and Kalou levelled from Roux's cross just after the half-hour.

Audard got a strong hand to Simon Kjaer's free-kick to ensure the sides went in level.

But it took Lille only seven minutes to take the lead in the second half, with Audard missing an interception to leave Roux in front of an open goal.

The goalkeeper did better to keep out Roux's volley on the hour mark, but the attacks were coming in waves and five minutes later Roux's cross came back off the post to leave Kalou with a simple tap-in.

That just about settled it but to make sure the unfortunate Bourillon put into his own net in stoppage time.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23