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Geoffroy-Guichard (ATT 37,201) 17th May 2014 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: S Lannoy

St Etienne St Etienne vs AC Ajaccio AC Ajaccio

St Etienne 3

L Perrin (19, 77)
M Erdinc (35)

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AC Ajaccio 1

I Baradji (90+2)

Europa League for St Etienne

Last Updated: 17/05/14 11:25pm

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Loic Perrin: Two goals for St Etienne

Loic Perrin: Two goals for St Etienne

St Etienne finished a fine season with a 3-1 victory over relegated Ajaccio but will have to settle for Europa League football after Lille won 4-1 at Lorient to secure the final Champions League berth.

Although there will be disappointment at falling two points short of the bigger goal, St Etienne can reflect on an excellent campaign after securing their 20th victory.

Loic Perrin bagged a brace either side of Mevlut Erding's goal but the outstanding Max Gradel missed a penalty before Issa Baradji and Ajaccio bid farewell to the top flight with a goal deep in stoppage time.

As might have been predicted given their relative form, St Etienne dominated proceedings and created a string of chances.

Erding had the first two, seeing an early volley blocked by Guillermo Ochoa before being denied again when through one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Perrin broke the deadlock in the 19th minute, heading home a superb cross from Gradel on the left.

Erding was frustrated again soon after when Benjamin Corgnet picked him out unmarked but the header was straight at the goalkeeper.

However, he got his goal 10 minutes before the break, turning home Gradel's cross.

This effectively settled the match as a contest, with far fewer chances in the second half.

Ochoa denied Erding once more in the 54th minute, but that was about it until Perrin scrambled home the third after Gradel's corner sparked chaos in the Ajaccio area.

Four minutes later they had a penalty when Grenddy Perozo felled Erding, but Gradel's shot hit a post.

Ajaccio sparked into life just as the match was finishing, with Stephane Ruffier blocking Paul Lasne's shot before Baradji fired in from close range.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 34 68
2 Paris St Germain 33 68
3 Monaco 34 62
4 St Etienne 34 60
5 Marseille 34 57
6 Bordeaux 34 55
7 Montpellier 34 52
8 Lille 34 50
9 Rennes 34 49
10 Nantes 34 44
11 Guingamp 34 43
12 Nice 34 41
13 Bastia 34 40
14 Toulouse 34 39
15 Caen 34 38
16 Lorient 34 38
17 Reims 34 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 37
19 Metz 33 30
20 RC Lens 34 26