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French Ligue 1

Stade de L'Aube 30th March 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: Mikael Lesage

Troyes Troyes vs St Etienne St Etienne

Troyes 2

J Faussurier (25)
B Nivet (38)


St Etienne 2

P Aubameyang (8)
Brandao (31)

St Etienne held at Troyes

Last Updated: 30/03/13 7:39pm

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Benjamin Nivet: Equaliser for Troyes

Benjamin Nivet: Equaliser for Troyes

St Etienne missed out on the opportunity to move third in Ligue 1 after being held to a 2-2 draw at Troyes.

Despite twice taking the lead in a frantic first half with goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Brandao, the visitors were pinned back on both occasions by a dogged Troyes side.

The hosts were thankful to Julien Faussurier and Benjamin Nivet who scored the goals to earn a draw but the result did little for Troyes' hopes of Ligue 1 survival, leaving them four points adrift of safety.

The visitors took the lead within the first 10 minutes in somewhat fortuitous circumstances. Josua Guilavogui's straightforward effort from the edge of the area took a deflection off Aubameyang's head and finished up beyond Yohann Thuram in the Troyes goal.

Despite an unsuccessful Aubameyang penalty call, an undeterred Troyes side hit back with 25 minutes played. Faussurier got on the end of a Fabien Camus ball and despite deliberating the midfielder beat Stephane Ruffier from a tight angle.

The hosts' leveller was cancelled out shortly after though when defender Jonathan Brison delivered from the left touch-line. His cross found Brandao at the back post and the Brazilian produced a pinpoint header back across goal to give his side the lead for a second time within the first half-hour.

There was still time for another goal before the break, though, as Troyes found themselves back level thanks to Perrin. Eloge Enza-Yamissi delivered a superb cross and Nivet nipped in ahead of Loic Perrin to power a header beyond Stephane Ruffier.

The second half proved to be a more cagey affair with Troyes seemingly happy to sit back and try and contain St Etienne.

That tactic almost shot the hosts in the foot when Aubameyang managed to beat Maxime Colin on the left before bending a right-footed shot at goal but the Gabonese's effort missed the opposite corner by an inch.

Camus forced a save from Ruffier direct from a dangerous Troyes free-kick before Thuram made the save of the match to keep the scores level.

Following some great play from the visitors, Brison picked out Romain Hamouma in the area but Thuram made a superb reflex save to keep out his goal-bound volley.

Despite some huffing and puffing in the latter stages neither side managed to find the telling breakthrough to help their respective Ligue 1 plights.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15