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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


Reims 0

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 Lyon 22 48
2 Marseille 22 44
3 Paris St Germain 22 44
4 St Etienne 22 40
5 Monaco 22 39
6 Montpellier 22 35
7 Bordeaux 22 33
8 Nice 22 31
9 Nantes 22 31
10 Rennes 22 30
11 Reims 22 29
12 Guingamp 22 28
13 Lille 22 27
14 Bastia 22 23
15 Lorient 22 23
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 22 23
17 Toulouse 22 22
18 Caen 22 21
19 RC Lens 22 20
20 Metz 22 20