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Geoffroy-Guichard (ATT 23,996) 30th September 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: Amaury Delerue

St Etienne St Etienne vs Reims Reims

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St Etienne denied last-gasp win

Last Updated: 30/09/12 7:40pm

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Christopher Glombard vies with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

Christopher Glombard vies with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

Kossi Agassa denied St Etienne all three points at the death as plucky Reims took a point from a goalless draw.

Visiting goalkeeper Agassa endured some shaky moments as Les Verts dominated the creative play - ex-Leeds man Max Gradel at the heart of the performance - while opposite number Stephane Ruffier also remained resolute.

But it was Agassa who repelled Brandao's acrobatic effort deep into stoppage time to extend Reims' unbeaten run in Ligue 1 to a fifth game, and leave St Etienne without a league win in four attempts.

St Etienne started brightly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang controlling Gradel's cross before drilling the ball against Agassa after just two minutes of play.

The hosts raided forward again and Josua Guilavogui saw his audacious lob beat Agassa - but also the crossbar - following good work from Fabien Lemoine.

Only the linesman's flag saved Reims in the 27th minute, Guilavogui seizing on a poor clearance from Agassa to tee up Aubameyang for an easy tap-in, the tall striker caught out by the offside trap.

Reims came alive five minutes before the break as Antoine Devaux released Floyd Ayite in behind the home back line. Ruffier remained alert, though, sweeping the ball off the Togo international's boot just in time.

St Etienne were back on the offensive following the restart and Aubameyang should have done better as Romain Hamouma provided him with a sweet through-ball.

Gradel tricked his way into the area to find Lemoine but Agassa was fast to deflect the snapshot away for a corner.

The home pressure grew but Aubameyang could not keep his shot down when picked out in the penalty box by the impressive Gradel.

Ruffier did well to turn Grzegorz Krychowiak's effort round his post as Pape N'Diaye Souare caused havoc on the break, before Agassa repeated the trick at the other end as Brandao burst into the box.

And the Reims keeper would earn his side a valuable point in stoppage time as Brandao matched Aubameyang's superb cross.

The Brazilian connected perfectly with the ball but Agassa's magnificent save meant the visitors stayed alive at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 79
2 Monaco 33 69
3 Lille 33 63
4 St Etienne 34 57
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 33 51
7 Bordeaux 33 45
8 Reims 33 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Lorient 33 41
11 Bastia 33 41
12 Nantes 33 40
13 Rennes 34 39
14 Nice 33 39
15 Montpellier 33 38
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 33 35
18 Sochaux 33 30
19 Valenciennes 33 29
20 AC Ajaccio 33 20