Saint-Etienne heat up Champions League charge

Saint-Etienne heat up Champions League charge  -

Saint-Etienne closed in on Champions League football next season after Mathieu Debuchy scored twice in a 3-0 win over Bordeaux that moves them to within three points of third-placed Lyon on Sunday.

Wahbi Khazri opened the scoring from the spot 10 minutes after the break following a VAR check of Sergi Palencia’s handball before Debuchy headed home the second from a corner to seal the points 17 minutes before the end.

Debuchy then completed the win with a deflected close-range strike in the final minute to put Jean-Louis Gasset’s side back ahead of Marseille, who started the day fourth and in the Europa League spot after surviving late VAR penalty drama on Saturday to scrape to a 2-1 win over Nimes.

They are two points ahead of Rudi Garcia’s side and piling pressure on Lyon, who have lost two on the bounce following Friday’s shock 2-1 defeat at Nantes.

Lyon go into the final six games in trouble following coach Bruno Genesio’s announcement that he would leave the club in the summer after falling out of favour with the fans.

Paris Saint-Germain only need a point at second-placed Lille later Sunday to seal their sixth league title in seven years.