St Etienne shock 10-man Lille

St Etienne strengthened their Champions League challenge with a 2-0 win at home to top-three rivals Lille on Friday night.

Brandao and Franck Tabanou breached the meanest defence in Ligue 1 in the second half to move the hosts just two points behind their third-placed opponents.

Lille finished the match with 10 men as Florent Balmont was sent off for apparent dissent in the 63rd minute in the wake of the second goal.

St Etienne have now taken 13 points from a possible 15, but Lille's title hopes appear to be disappearing fast, with this their second straight loss.