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Stade de la Mosson 21st September 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: L Jaffredo

Montpellier Montpellier vs St Etienne St Etienne

Montpellier 1

S Camara (70)

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St Etienne 1

P Aubameyang (45)

Montpellier held at home

Camara equalises Aubameyang opener to earn holders a point

Last Updated: 21/09/12 10:58pm

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Souleymane Camara: Scored to earn champions Montpellier a point against St Etienne

Souleymane Camara: Scored to earn champions Montpellier a point against St Etienne

Montpellier's faltering Ligue 1 title defence continued as they earned a comeback point from their home clash with St Etienne.

The visiting side dominated with a string of goalscoring chances, but only had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's goal on the stroke of half-time to show for their efforts.

St Etienne's inability to kill the game off was punished by the hosts, who claimed a share of the spoils courtesy of Souleymane Camara's 70th-minute strike.

The draw leaves St Etienne eighth in the standings, while Montpellier are 15th having won just one of their opening six games.

Montpellier were beaten by Arsenal in their UEFA Champions League opener on Tuesday night, and their hopes of enjoying a morale-boosting win on Friday night were quickly dashed as St Etienne began brightly.

Fabien Lemoine was the first to go close for the visitors with a volley that was charged down by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in the sixth minute.

Threatened briefly

Montpellier threatened briefly as Anthony Mounier saw his overhead kick saved by Stephane Ruffier, but the rest of the half belonged to the visitors.

They went close in the 35th minute when Banel Nicolita's shot was charged down, again Yanga-Mbiwa putting his body on the line, while in the 43rd minute Aubameyang should have broken the deadlock when he was played in Romain Hamouma but hit the post with only Geoffrey Jourdren to beat.

But the Gabon striker was more accurate moments later when he applied the finishing touch at the far post after Max Gradel had dispossessed the home defence and sent over a telling cross.

Jourdren kept out Hamouma's 49th-minute header as St Etienne threatened to extend their lead, and the home goalkeeper was also called on to turn away Gradel's chest down and volley.

In the 66th minute Aubameyang attempted to lob Jourdren but the goalkeeper made the save, and St Etienne's failure to convert their chances was punished moments later when a flowing team move by the hosts ended with Remy Cabella crossing for Camara, who drilled a firm left-footed effort low into the net.

St Etienne might have snatched a deserved win three minutes into injury time when Aubameyang's corner was met by Brandao but his header flashed just wide.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 89
2 Monaco 38 80
3 Lille 38 71
4 St Etienne 38 69
5 Lyon 38 61
6 Marseille 38 60
7 Bordeaux 38 53
8 Lorient 38 49
9 Toulouse 38 49
10 Bastia 38 49
11 Reims 38 48
12 Rennes 38 46
13 Nantes 38 46
14 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 44
15 Montpellier 38 42
16 Guingamp 38 42
17 Nice 38 42
18 Sochaux 38 40
19 Valenciennes 38 29
20 AC Ajaccio 38 23

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