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French Ligue 1

LOSC Lille Metropole 16th March 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Bartolomeu Varela

Lille Lille vs Evian Thonon Gaillar Evian

Lille 1

S Kalou (7)


Evian 2

S Khelifa (30)
S Kalou (og 67)

Evian spoil Lille's Euro plans

Last Updated: 16/03/13 10:53pm

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Salomon Kalou: Hero and then villain for Lille

Salomon Kalou: Hero and then villain for Lille

Evian's smash-and-grab raid dragged them away from danger and ended Lille's fine run of form to dent their European hopes.

Lille struck a post and missed a penalty as Evian came from behind for an unlikely win against a team who had won five games in a row.

Salomon Kalou put Lille ahead after just seven minutes, but after Dimitri Payet hit the upright, Saber Khlifa levelled on the half-hour mark, and Kalou then scored an own goal in the 67th minute before missing a spot-kick.

Lille's outstanding vein of form had seen them move firmly back into the European picture, and everything appeared to be going to plan when Djibril Sidibe crossed for Kalou to finish on the volley after seven minutes.

They were given a warning sign when Steeve Elana made a difficult save to turn Khlifa's volley away for a corner in the 25th minute, but thought they had a second moments later when Payet's curling free-kick came back off the post.

It proved costly, as three minutes later Khlifa had Evian level, linking up with Cedric Barbosa to break into the area and slot the ball past Elana.

Lille started the second half determined to regain the lead, but Bertrand Laquait did well to punch Payet's shot away moments after the restart and then denying Kalou after the Ivorian latched on to Payet's long ball.

Everything would go wrong for Kalou late in the game, as he first got an inadvertant touch on Djakaridja Kone's header to turn it into the net, and seven minutes later he sent a penalty over the crossbar after Kone brought him down in the area.

Evian hung on for a big morale-boosting win, their second in a row and first on their travels since November.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 30 59
2 Lyon 30 58
3 Marseille 30 57
4 Monaco 29 53
5 St Etienne 30 52
6 Bordeaux 30 48
7 Montpellier 29 45
8 Lille 30 41
9 Nantes 30 40
10 Guingamp 30 39
11 Rennes 30 39
12 Nice 30 37
13 Bastia 30 37
14 Caen 30 35
15 Reims 30 35
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 30 35
17 Lorient 30 34
18 Toulouse 30 32
19 RC Lens 30 25
20 Metz 30 23