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Ligue 1 wrap: Saint-Etienne climb as Lyon slump

7 April 2013 19:41

Saint-Etienne took sole possession of third place in Ligue 1 after 10-man Lyon faltered at Stade Reims on Sunday.

Christophe Galtier's men claimed a narrow 1-0 victory over lowly Evian Thonon Gaillard at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

Saint-Etienne scored the match-winning goal 12 minutes from time, when Evian goalkeeper Bertrand Laquait turned the ball into his own net.

Francois Clerc whipped in a cross to the back post, picking out midfielder Romain Hamouma.

The former Caen man headed the ball towards goal and his effort hit the underside of the crossbar, and received a helping hand as Laquait failed to keep it out.

Saint-Etienne move into third on goal difference, ahead of Lyon, who suffered a surprise 1-0 loss to Reims.

Lyon were looking to end a four-game winless run but their hopes of doing so were dented when Milan Bisevac gave away a penalty and was sent off as a result.

Grzegorz Krychowiak converted the spot-kick, handing Reims their third successive home victory after trumping Rennes and leaders Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks.

And Lille took full advantage of Lyon's loss, with a thumping 5-0 win at home over Lorient moving them to within a point of Remi Garde's side.

Lille, French champions in 2010/11, were 4-0 up at half-time thanks to a Salomon Kalou brace and goals from Dimitri Payet and Lucas Digne, the latter from the penalty spot, with a strike from Ronny Rodelin completing the rout early in the second half.

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Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 17 +38 44
2 18 +26 38
3 17 +23 35
4 17 +16 35
5 17 -2 27
6 17 +2 25
7 17 +4 23
8 17 -6 23
9 17 -7 23
10 17 -4 22
11 17 -3 21
12 17 -5 21
13 17 -7 21
14 17 -4 20
15 18 -14 20
16 17 -7 19
17 17 -6 18
18 17 -10 18
19 17 -8 15
20 17 -26 5

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