MX23RW : Tuesday, March 26 00:12:07
May 17, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
St EtienneSaint-Etienne
3-1
Ajaccio
Perrin (19', 77'), Erding (35')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Leca (90')

Result: Saint-Etienne miss out on Champions League despite final-day win

Saint-Etienne miss out on a place in the Champions League despite beating Ajaccio on the final day of the Ligue 1 season.

Saint-Etienne missed out on a place in the Champions League as they finished in fourth place in Ligue 1 despite a 3-1 win over Ajaccio on the final day.

St Etienne's French defender Loic Perrin celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match Saint-Etienne vs Ajaccio at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, central France, on May 17, 2014© Getty Images

The home side started the game well and could have gone ahead through Mevlut Erding as he latched onto a cross into the area, but his shot was well saved by Guillermo Ochoa.

Saint-Etienne did take the lead in the 19th minute through Loic Perrin as he rose highest in the area to head Max Gradel's corner past Ochoa.

Minutes later, Erding almost added a second but he was denied by Ochoa who made a good save to stop the striker's header after he latched onto Benjamin Corgnet's cross into the box.

However, Erding was not to be denied and he got his side's second just before the break with Gradel again the provider and the striker made no mistake slotting the ball home.

After the break, Erding could have added a third for his side as he lauched a shot from outside the box which was saved again by Ochoa.

The home side continued to press and eventually they got their third goal when Perrin managed to turn the ball from inside the box after Ajaccio had failed to clear their lines from a corner.

Ajaccio did get a consolation goal in stoppage time when Issa Baradji collected Cedric Hengbart's pass inside the box and fired a low shot into the corner.

Saint-Etienne held out for the three points and secured their place in the Europa League for next season.

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St Etienne's French midfielder Benjamin Corgnet (C) shoots and scores a goal during the French L1 football match between Evian (ETGFC) and Saint-Etienne (ASSE) on April 26, 2014
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