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Qualification a ´big step´ for Saint-Etienne

29 August 2014 10:55

Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier thinks UEFA Europa League qualification represents a "big step" for the Ligue 1 club.

Galtier's men progressed to the group stage on penalties following a 1-1 aggregate draw against Turkish outfit Karabukspor on Thursday.

And 48-year-old Galtier compared his team's achievement to winning silverware or reaching the UEFA Champions League.

"We did not win a trophy, we are not qualified for the Champions League but for us in Saint-Etienne, it's a big step," he is quoted as saying by L'Equipe.

"I hope we will use the experience of the group matches as a chance to improve.

"It's a great feeling.

"On a personal level, elimination would have been difficult to digest, even though in this game I could not fault the players."

Saint-Etienne will discover their group-stage opponents when the draw is made on Friday.

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Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
28 August 2014
Kick-off
20:30
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Extra-time
1 - 0
Penalties
4 - 3
On aggregate
1 - 1

Goals

K. Monnet-Paquet 13'
(assist by M. Gradel) 
1 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
19
13
10
8
20
28
30
# Player Bookings
8
25
18
3
10
21
24

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