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French Ligue 1

Stadium Municipal (ATT 20,183) 17th May 2014 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: A Castro

Toulouse Toulouse vs Valenciennes Valenc'nes

Toulouse 3

W Ben Yedder (30, pen 45, 90+1)


Valenc'nes 1

A Le Tallec (87)

Three and easy for Toulouse

Last Updated: 18/05/14 12:14am

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Wissam Ben Yedder: Hat-trick for Toulouse

Wissam Ben Yedder: Hat-trick for Toulouse

Toulouse ended the Ligue 1 season in the top half of the table after beating relegated Valenciennes 3-1 thanks to a Wissam Ben Yedder hat-trick.

Despite securing their continued presence in the top flight some weeks ago, Le Tefece were sliding towards a lowly finish having failed to win any of their last eight games.

But Ben Yedder scored all three goals to register his second hat-trick of the campaign while Ligue 2 bound Valenciennes signed off with a goal from Anthony Le Tallec.

It took Toulouse 30 minutes to open the scoring through Ben Yedder.

Martin Braithwaite did most of the leg work, dribbling around Lindsay Rose before picking out his unmarked team-mate for an easy finish from six yards.

Toulouse won a penalty just before half-time as Rose fouled Braithwaite. VA goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau dived the the right but Ben Yedder had beaten him with a spot-kick fired right down the middle.

Valenciennes almost notched in the 51st minute, Marco Da Silva clattering the crossbar with a shot from 20 yards.

The northerners would halve the deficit three minutes from time to give travelling fans some reason to be cheerful.

Le Tallec had Arthur Masuaku to thank for providing the killer cross that allowed him to head home through a throng of Toulouse defenders.

If VA were plotting a late comeback, their plans were foiled by Ben Yedder, who claimed the match ball on the stroke of full-time when controlling Dusan Veskovac's cross and slamming the ball into the net.

With 16 goals for the season, Ben Yedder finished behind only Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Ligue 1 scoring charts, although he must share second place with Marseille's Andre-Pierre Gignac.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 68
2 Lyon 33 65
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 33 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 37
19 Metz 33 30
20 RC Lens 34 26