• FT

    St Etienne

    2

    Bordeaux

    1

  • FT

    Nice

    2

    Montpellier

    2

  • FT

    Marseille

    1

    Monaco

    2

FRENCH LIGUE 1

Geoffroy-Guichard, France

Attendance: 26091

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St Etienne

  • Romain Hamouma 7'
  • Loic Perrin 50'

2 - 1

FT

Bordeaux

  • Ludovic Obraniak 90' +1'

St Etienne v Bordeaux: Preview

St Etienne boss Christophe Galtier hopes his players can shake off their European hangover in time for Sunday's Ligue 1 clash against Bordeaux.

Les Verts were eliminated from the Europa League after being edged out 5-3 on aggregate by Danish side Esbjerg in their play-off encounter, losing 1-0 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Thursday evening.

While the failure to qualify for European competition will have hit them hard, Galtier has already turned his attentions to the visit of Bordeaux.

``It is a big disappointment that we will not get to play in the Europa League after all the hard work we have done to participate in this competition,'' he said.

``This is a big disappointment because the Europa League is a competition that does not occur often.

``My players are devastated. Life goes on. We will play on a regular basis with a schedule that is not overloaded.

``We need to be good in our national competitions and get back to that on Sunday.

``There will be recovery work on a physical and mental level. We will recover for 48 hours and recharge the batteries.''

The midweek defeat was St Etienne's third in a row, with the 4-3 first-leg loss against the same opposition followed by last weekend's 1-0 setback in the league at Lille.

Nevertheless, they have still made a decent start to the domestic season, winning twice in their opening three league games, yet Galtier will be eager to see his side put their mini-slump behind them.

Midfielder Fabien Lemoine echoed his manager's sentiments, adding: ``We must regroup quickly because it will be very hard on Sunday against Bordeaux.''

Les Girondins forward Hadi Sacko hopes the reigning Coupe de France champions can compound St Etienne's woes.

``It's always a difficult game at Geoffroy Guichard,'' he told the club's official website.

``They played in the Europa League. We had it last year. We know it is difficult to repeat two big games in the same week. For us, this is a good opportunity.''

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