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Geoffroy-Guichard (ATT 31,359) 20th October 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: Amaury Delerue

St Etienne St Etienne vs Lorient Lorient

St Etienne 3

Brandao (7)
B Corgnet (14)
M Gradel (72)


Lorient 2

Y Jouffre (38)
V Aboubakar (86)

St Etienne end winless streak

Last Updated: 20/10/13 7:12pm

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Brandao celebrates St Etienne's opening goal

Brandao celebrates St Etienne's opening goal

St Etienne ended a run of four games without a win with an entertaining 3-2 victory at home to Ligue 1 strugglers Lorient on Sunday.

Three losses and a draw from their last four games had seen St Etienne lose touch with the top of the table, but a flying start against Lorient helped them get back on track.

The hosts led 2-0 inside 15 minutes thanks to Brandao's opener and a Benjamin Corgnet strike.

They had chances to go further clear, but instead were pegged back by Yann Jouffre's effort nine minutes before the break.

Max Gradel restored St Etienne's two-goal cushion and, even though Vincent Aboubakar pulled another one back, Lorient could not find a leveller.

The visitors had the first chance in the opening minute when Jeremie Aliadiere combined well with Aboubakar before forcing a save out of goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.

But it was St Etienne who went in front after seven minutes as Brandao headed home Franck Tabanou's corner.

Corgnet, the former Lorient player, made it two in the 13th minute.

Tabanou was again the creator, releasing Corgnet, who brought the pass under control before firing a shot into the top corner.

Corgnet then headed a Brandao cross against the bar, while the latter was denied by a fine save from Fabien Audard as the hosts threatened to run riot.

Instead Lorient got back in it as Mathieu Coutadeur found Jouffre on the edge of the area and his low shot found the net.

Jouffre brought a save out of Ruffier early in the second half as Lorient eyed a leveller, while at the other end Gradel's cross picked out Brandao, whose close-range volley was blocked by the busy Audard.

The hosts got a third in the 71st minute, Gradel dispatching a low shot from around the penalty spot following Faouzi Ghoulam's cross.

Lorient would not lie down, though, and Aboubakar's 84th-minute diving header at the back post from Kevin Monnet-Paquet's corner gave them hope again, but St Etienne held out.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 22 48
2 Marseille 23 47
3 Paris St Germain 23 47
4 St Etienne 22 40
5 Monaco 22 39
6 Montpellier 23 36
7 Bordeaux 22 33
8 Nice 23 32
9 Nantes 23 32
10 Rennes 23 30
11 Reims 23 29
12 Lille 23 28
13 Guingamp 22 28
14 Toulouse 23 25
15 Bastia 23 24
16 Lorient 23 24
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 23 23
18 Caen 22 21
19 RC Lens 23 21
20 Metz 23 21