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Ligue 1: Metz win friendly vs. Belgian minnows

FC Metz returned to winning ways—albeit in a friendly—with a 2-1 victory over Seraing United on Friday evening.

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Albert Cartier’s side are struggling at the foot of the Ligue 1 table. 30 games into the season, the Northerners have managed only 23 points.

They sit two points behind 19th-placed Racing Club de Lens, and a whopping eleven behind FC Lorient.

With only eight matches to play, the club president Bernard Serin has admitted that it would take a ‘miracle’ for the Grenats to escape the drop.

While relegation seems inevitable, Metz did at last pick up a victory against Belgian second division side Seraing United on Friday.

Ali Bamba, the former Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace full back, opened the scoring on 14 minutes, and while Thibaut Vion equalised seven minutes before time, Alexis Larriere secured the victory four minutes later.

Cartier opted to play a strong team, and first-team regulars Florent Malouda, Kevin Lejeune and Ahmed Kashi all started the friendly.

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