Eder seals Europa League spot for LOSC

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Lille leapfrogged Saint-Etienne on the final day, thanks to a 1-0 win at Les Verts, secured by Eder's penalty. By finishing fifth LOSC are in Europe.

AS Saint-Etienne 0-1 LOSC

Saint-Etienne's European hopes are now dependent on Paris Saint-Germain beating Olympique de Marseille in next weekend's Coupe de France final, a result which would make ASSE's sixth in Ligue 1 good enough for the Europa League.

LOSC, beaten in the Coupe de la Ligue final by PSG, were rewarded for their late-season surge under Frédéric Antonetti, as they took a superb 26 points from their last ten outings of 2015-2016.

Antonetti, who led Saint-Etienne to the Ligue 2 title in 2004, got one over on his former club thanks to Eder's sixth goal in 13 appearances since joining the northern club on loan from Swansea in January.

LOSC's Sébastien Corchia hit the pots with a third-minute free-kick as the visitors began brightly at a sold-out Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Vincent Enyeama made his first save in the 21st minute, the Nigerian goalkeeper proving equal to a powerful Loïc Perrin header from a Nolan Roux cross.

Five minutes before half-time, Rony Lopes was felled by Renaud Cohade and LOSC were awarded a penalty. Stéphane Ruffier went the right way but Eder's side-footed shot was so precise that the Portuguese international forward still found the side-netting. It was the first goal Saint-Etienne had conceded at home in five games.

Only a win sufficed in LOSC's bid to jump above ASSE and they nearly went in at the break two to the good, Ruffier saving his side by keeping out an Eder attempt. ASSE had a penalty appeal waved away in the 67th minute as they shouted for a Marko Basa handball, though Christophe Galtier's team were generally disappointing going forward, despite Robert Beric making his long-awaited return from injury in the 66th minute.

Lille's 18th was enough for them to finish fifth and only PSG have kept the opposition out more often this season, the champions with a remarkable 22 clean sheets from 38 games.

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