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French Ligue 1

Parc des Sports 30th March 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: C Turpin

Evian Evian Thonon Gaillar vs Reims Reims

Evian 2

Y Sagbo (68)
C N'Sikulu (90+2)


Reims 2

F Ayite (12, S/O 15)
G Courtet (67)

Evian pick up vital point

Last Updated: 30/03/13 9:57pm

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Yannick Sagbo gets Evian back into the game

Yannick Sagbo gets Evian back into the game

Clarck N'Sikulu grabbed a last-gasp leveller for Evian as they picked up a vital point against relegation rivals Reims.

The attacker popped up in the third minute of added time for the home side as they recovered from two goals down at the Parc des Sports.

Floyd Ayite put the visitors ahead after 12 minutes before he saw red three minutes later for a dangerous tackle.

Gaetan Courtet put the visitors two up after 67 minutes. Yannick Sagbo pulled a goal back for the home side a minute later before N'Sikulu struck to deny Reims.

With eight matches left, the leveller could mean the difference between relegation and survival, with both sides coming into the match level on 30 points, two clear of third-bottom Sochaux.

Evian recently thumped Sochaux 5-1 before claiming a 2-1 win over Lille ahead of the international break, which moved them two points clear of the drop zone.

Reims were also confident after recent wins over Rennes and Paris St Germain.

Evian were without the suspended Cedric Barbosa and Fabrice Ehret, while Djakaridja Kone will be out for six weeks with an ankle injury.

He has joined the injured Sidney Govou, Diogo Gomes, Herve Bugnet and Aldo Angoula on the sidelines.

Reims were without the suspended Pape Souare, while Florent Ghisolfi, Johny Placide and Odair Fortes were all missing through injury.

The home side started brightly and the visitors needed veteran goalkeeper Kossi Agassa to block Youssef Adnane's fifth-minute effort.

Seven minutes later and the visitors were ahead when Antoine Devaux played in Ayite. He controlled the ball before firing past Bertrand Laquait.

Sadly for Ayite he was to see red just five minutes later for a poor tackle and it looked like it would prove costly as Saber Khelifa and then Daniel Wass went close, with Agassa coming to the visitors'

rescue on both occasions.

Evian continued to have most of the possession after the break before, after 67 minutes, Reims went two up.

An inch-perfect Christopher Glombard cross found Courtet, whose header was too good for Laquait.

Less than 60 seconds later the home were back in the game thanks to Sagbo's near-post header before N'Sikulu rescued a draw for his side with a 20-yard volley.

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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