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Parc des Sports 3rd November 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Amaury Delerue

Evian Evian Thonon Gaillar vs Lille Lille

Evian 0

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Lille 2

N Roux (40)
F Balmont (62)

Lille extend winning run

Last Updated: 03/11/12 10:22pm

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Florent Balmont celebrates after doubling Lille's lead

Florent Balmont celebrates after doubling Lille's lead

Lille stretched their unbeaten Ligue 1 run to four matches with a 2-0 victory at struggling Evian.

Nolan Roux and Florent Balmont were on target for the visitors, who are now up to seventh in the table after winning three of their last four matches.

Evian, who lie one place above the bottom three, had an unexpected break last weekend when their fixture at Sochaux was postponed because of snow.

And they had the first chance tonight on rested legs, with Fabrice Ehret spooning a shot inches over the bar after eight minutes.

Lille responded four minutes later with a free-kick from Aurelien Chedjou, which fell narrowly wide, while Dimitri Payet's low right-footed strike forced a decent save from goalkeeper Stephan Andersen as the visitors threatened once more.

And they went in front six minutes before the interval through Roux, who rose to meet a cross from Payet before heading past a stranded Andersen.

Evian came out fighting at the start of the second half and a powerful header from substitute Aldo Angoula had to be blocked on the line by goalkeeper Mickael Landreau.

Tie Bi then set up Yannick Sagbo, who tried his luck from a tight angle only to see the ball beaten away once again by Landreau.

Lille coped well under the pressure and hit back with their second goal after 61 minutes. Laurent Bonnart curled in a cross from the left with Balmont waiting in the area to slam the ball home right footed.

Evian refused to buckle, however, and were unlucky not to get something for their efforts nine minutes from time with Youssef Adnane's superb strike matched by an excellent save on the line from Landreau.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 27 54
2 Paris St Germain 27 53
3 Marseille 27 50
4 Monaco 26 44
5 St Etienne 27 43
6 Montpellier 26 42
7 Bordeaux 27 42
8 Nantes 27 36
9 Lille 27 35
10 Rennes 27 35
11 Guingamp 27 35
12 Caen 27 34
13 Nice 27 34
14 Bastia 27 33
15 Reims 27 32
16 Lorient 26 31
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 26 29
18 Toulouse 27 29
19 RC Lens 27 22
20 Metz 27 22