MX23RW : Tuesday, September 18 23:43:08
Oct 18, 2014 at 4pm UK at ​Stade du Moustoir
Lorient
0-1
St EtienneSaint-Etienne

Bellugou (23'), Mostefa (49')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: Fabien Lemoine scores late winner to guide Saint-Etienne past Lorient

Fabien Lemoine's late goal in a 1-0 victory over Lorient sends Saint-Etienne to fourth in Ligue 1.

Fabien Lemoine scored a late winner as Saint-Etienne ended a run of three Ligue 1 games without a victory by recording a 1-0 triumph over Lorient on Saturday.

The visitors looked dangerous from the first whistle, and tested Benjamin Lecomte early on as the Lorient goalkeeper was forced to tip a Ricky van Wolfswinkel effort past the post.

Kevin Monnet-Paquet, who moved to his new club from Lorient in the summer, was the next player to come close to breaking the deadlock when he fired just wide of the target following an impressive solo run.

Van Wolfswinkel's frustrating evening in front of goal continued before the break as Lecomte charged off his line to deny the former Norwich City forward, who had timed his run perfectly to beat the offside trap.

Lorient's French Togolese forward Gilles Sunu challenges Saint-Etienne's French forward Allan Saint-Maximin during the French L1 football match between Lorient and Saint-Etienne at the Moustoir stadium in Lorient, western France, on October 18, 2014© Getty Images

Lorient were unable to stop Saint-Etienne's dominance in the second half as the hosts offered very little in the final third of the pitch.

It looked as if Lorient might snatch victory themselves late on as Max Gradel fired a great chance over the crossbar from Pacquet's cross.

However, Lemoine would have the final say as he took full advantage of the space offered by the Lorient defenders to pick out the top corner from 25 yards and send his side to fourth in the table.

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18AmiensAmiens511378-14
19Bordeaux5113610-44
20GuingampGuingamp5005314-110

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