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Evian survive on final day of Ligue 1 season

Lille and Evian were the big winners on Saturday in the last round of matches of the French Ligue 1 season.


Lille secured third place and a spot in the Champions League when it won, 4-1, at Lorient. That meant it stayed two points ahead of Saint Etienne which won, 3-1, at home against Ajaccio.

In a match dubbed the “Battle for Survival”, Evian won 3-0 away against Sochaux to remain in the top division. Sochaux, which started the day one point behind Evian, finished in 18th place and followed Valenciennes and Ajaccio through the trap door to Ligue 2.

Evian took the lead after eight minutes when Daniel Wass struck with an acrobatic volley. Just before half time, Aldo Angoula added a second from close range after poor Sochaux defending from a Wass corner. With 18 minutes left, Wass sealed Sochaux’s fate and secured Evian’s survival when he scored from close range.

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