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Parc des Sports (ATT 12,511) 17th November 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: W Bien

Evian Evian Thonon Gaillar vs St Etienne St Etienne

Evian 2

M Rabiu (48)
A Angoula (80)


St Etienne 2

M Gradel (9, 28)

Evian hit back to earn point

Last Updated: 17/11/12 10:24pm

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Mohamed Rabiu starts the Evian fightback

Mohamed Rabiu starts the Evian fightback

Aldo Angoula headed a late leveller as Evian fought back from two goals behind to deny St Etienne top spot after as 2-2 draw.

Christophe Galtier's visitors looked to be charging towards the summit when two Max Gradel goals put them in control.

However, Mohamed Rabiu pulled a goal back for Evian two minutes into the second half, and Angoula brought the teams level in the 79th minute.

There was still time for St Etienne, but the closest they went was when Alejandro Alonso struck the crossbar with a powerful drive.

St Etienne went ahead after just nine minutes.

Fabien Lemoine fed the ball to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the Gabon forward, praised this week by no less than France great Jean-Pierre Papin, played a clever ball to allow Gradel to head expertly past goalkeeper Bertrand Laquait.

It was 2-0 after 27 minutes when Renaud Cohade and Dja Djedje combined to present the ball again to Aubameyang who again picked out Gradel.

The home goalkeeper needed to be sharp six minutes later when Faouzi Ghoulam's free-kick threatened to make it 3-0, but the goalkeeper got behind the powerful 30-yard strike.

At that stage, with leaders Paris St Germain having lost earlier in the day, St Etienne were heading above both the wealthy capital side and Marseille, who play Bordeaux tomorrow.

Yet doubts crept in when Evian narrowed the deficit in the 47th minute, as Kevin Berigaud darted forward and flicked a pass on the run to Rabiu whose lob was too good for Stephane Ruffier.

Laquait denied Aubameyang at one end, before Ruffier kept out a snap shot from Youssef Adnane at the other.

Evian drew level from a free-kick, with Daniel Wass crossing from the left for Angoula to direct the ball beyond Ruffier from close range.

Rocked by the leveller, the visitors pressed in a bid to regain the lead, but the closest they came was when Alonso drove purposefully forward and cracked a fierce shot at goal against the goal frame.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29