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St-Étienne jump ahead of jittery Lyon

Published: Sunday 7 April 2013, 23.02CET
AS Saint-Étienne snatched third spot in Ligue 1 from Olympique Lyonnais as their 1-0 defeat of Évian Thonon Gaillard FC combined with a 1-0 loss at Stade de Reims for Lyon.

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Published: Sunday 7 April 2013, 23.02CET

St-Étienne jump ahead of jittery Lyon

AS Saint-Étienne snatched third spot in Ligue 1 from Olympique Lyonnais as their 1-0 defeat of Évian Thonon Gaillard FC combined with a 1-0 loss at Stade de Reims for Lyon.

AS Saint-Étienne jumped ahead of Olympique Lyonnais into France's third and final UEFA Champions League berth with a 1-0 victory against Évian Thonon Gaillard FC, as Lyon's recent slump continued with a 1-0 reverse at Stade de Reims.

Unbeaten in 11 games before their meeting with Évian, but having drawn their last three, St-Étienne were made to work hard against opponents one point above the relegation zone. They eventually made their breakthrough with 13 minutes remaining as the unmarked Romain Hamouma was able to head in a François Clerc corner.

Les Verts now lead Lyon on goal difference as Rémi Garde's men suffered their third consecutive Ligue 1 defeat. Les Gones were undone when Grzegorz Krychowiak fired in from the penalty spot for Reims on 53 minutes, Milan Biševac having been shown red for bringing down Diego in the area. Lyon have now gone five matches without a win as they chase UEFA Champions League football next term.

In Sunday's other game, LOSC Lille moved back into fifth place with a handsome 5-0 victory against FC Lorient, Salomon Kalou registering twice in his club's seventh win in eight outings. The northerners lie a point behind St-Étienne and Lyon.

Last updated: 04/12/13 5.58CET

Results

French Ligue 1 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 09/04/2013 15:13 CET

07/04/2013

LOSCLOSC5-0LorientLorient

Kalou 2, 33, Payet 8, Digne 31 (P), Rodelin 52

Venue: Lille

07/04/2013

ReimsReims1-0LyonLyon

Krychowiak 53 (P)

Venue: Reims

07/04/2013

St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne1-0ÉvianÉvian

Laquait 78 (o.g.)

Venue: St Etienne

06/04/2013

MontpellierMontpellier3-1ValenciennesValenciennes

Camara 18, Congré 60, Belhanda 86

Nguette 40

Venue: Montpellier

06/04/2013

ToulouseToulouse3-4NiceNice

Ben Yedder 8, 90, Capoue 19

Bautheac 1, 40, Cvitanich 68, Anin 90+3

Venue: Toulouse

06/04/2013

BastiaBastia4-0BrestBrest

Khazri 41, Thauvin 50, 71, Modeste 79 (P)

Venue: Bastia

06/04/2013

NancyNancy1-0TroyesTroyes

Grange 67

Venue: Nancy

06/04/2013

SochauxSochaux0-0AjaccioAjaccio

Venue: Montbeliard

06/04/2013

RennesRennes0-2PSGPSG

Ménez 56, Ibrahimović 90+3

Venue: Rennes

05/04/2013

MarseilleMarseille1-0BordeauxBordeaux

Gignac 41

Venue: Marseille

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