Saint-Etienne stunned by Toulouse
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Toulouse inflicted a 2-1 come-from-behind defeat on high-flying Saint Etienne on Friday, the first win of their campaign at the sixth attempt lifting them out of the relegation zone. 

French League Cup holders Saint-Etienne turned up at the Pyrenean city on a high with victory assuring them of the French Ligue 1 lead, at least until big-spending Monaco's visit to champions Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

And Les Verts, out of the UEFA Europa League, began promisingly, with Romain Hamouma capitalising on a mistake from Toulouse goalkeeper Ali Ahamada to put the visitors into an 18th minute lead. That was the 26-year-old's third goal of the season.

The home side drew back level after the hour when Danish striker Martin Braithwaite, a close season recruit, slid home a close range effort.

Guinean defender Issiaga Sylla completed the comeback with quarter of an hour remaining, to give Toulouse a much-needed lift and leave Saint-Etienne treading water in second, on 12 points, sandwiched between billionaire duo Monaco and third-placed PSG.

Toulouse's reward was to move up four places to 15th.