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Ibrahima Wadji propels Saint-Étienne back to Ligue 1

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AS Saint-Étienne will return to Ligue 1 next season, thanks to a decisive goal from Ibrahima Wadji. The 29-year-old Senegalese striker secured the Greens’ promotion with a critical strike, just two years after their relegation.

In the intense second leg of the promotion playoff, Saint-Étienne fought to a 2-2 draw after 120 minutes of grueling play, following their 2-1 victory in the first leg.

The match saw Lamine Camara open the scoring for FC Metz in the 17th minute, followed by a quick second goal from Georges Mikautadze eight minutes later, putting the Greens on the back foot.

Despite the early setback, Saint-Étienne displayed resilience.

They clawed back into the game with a crucial goal in the 35th minute, making it 2-1 and leveling the aggregate score at 3-3. With the tie hanging in the balance, the match proceeded to extra time.

The Hero Emerges

In a dramatic twist, Ibrahima Wadji, who had been sidelined due to injuries, entered the fray in the 102nd minute, replacing Ibrahim Sissoko. Wadji’s impact was immediate and game-changing.

As the second period of extra time began, Wadji seized his moment, netting the equalizer in the 117th minute. This goal not only leveled the match but also sealed Saint-Étienne’s return to France’s top flight.

A Symbol of Hope and Triumph

Wadji’s journey has been marked by perseverance and determination, making his contribution to Saint-Étienne’s promotion all the more poignant.

His goal against FC Metz will be remembered as a pivotal moment in the club’s history, marking their return to Ligue 1 after a challenging period in Ligue 2.

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This victory and subsequent promotion represent a significant achievement for AS Saint-Étienne.

The team’s determination and resilience, embodied by Wadji’s heroics, have reignited hope and excitement among their supporters, setting the stage for their return to the elite tier of French football.

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