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French Ligue 1

Auguste Delaune 17th February 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: Benoit Bastien

Reims Reims vs St Etienne St Etienne

Reims 1

G Courtet (76)

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St Etienne 1

P Aubameyang (10)

Reims and St Etienne share the points

Last Updated: 17/02/13 7:14pm

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Gaetan Courtet celebrates his equaliser for Reims

Gaetan Courtet celebrates his equaliser for Reims

Reims and St Etienne shared the spoils in an entertaining Ligue 1 encounter at the Stade Auguste Delaune on Sunday afternoon.

The lively Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the visitors ahead early in the first half before Reims got a deserved equaliser through Gaetan Courtet with 15 minutes left.

The 1-1 result leaves Reims one point above the bottom three but they will feel unlucky not to have claimed the win after finishing the match strongly.

The in-form visitors, who had won four league matches in a row coming into today's contest, started the brighter with Aubameyang causing problems for the Reims defence as he pounced on a poor clearance but shot straight into the arms of Kossi Agassa.

However, moments later the Gabon striker was on the scoresheet in fortunate circumstances.

Yohan Mollo picked out Aubameyang with a long ball and, despite seeing his initial shot saved by Agassa, he was gifted a second opportunity and rolled the ball into an empty net despite the attentions of Mohamed Fofana.

With his confidence high, Aubameyang continued to look lively and only a poor touch denied him a clear goalscoring opportunity after Mollo had been the provider again.

St Etienne could have doubled their lead inside the first 20 minutes but when Aubameyang was set up by a Francois Clerc cross, he blazed his volley over.

Not to be outdone, Courtet smashed a volley over the bar at the other end from a similar position as the hosts enjoyed their first spell of pressure.

The same player was on hand again minutes later but he headed Johann Ramare's corner straight into the hands of Stephane Ruffier.

Agassa almost gifted a second to St Etienne shortly after the break. Aubameyang saw his shot from wide on the left cleared off the line by Fofana after Agassa had come off his line and missed a clearance.

Kamel Ghilas missed an excellent opportunity to level in the 55th minute but the unmarked striker turned Grzegorz Krychowiak's cross onto the bar.

The hosts continued to create chances in front of goal and got their reward 15 minutes from time through Courtet.

The St Etienne defence failed to clear their lines and the ball fell kindly to Courtet, who hammered past Ruffier.

Reims continued to press and came close to taking the lead when Courtet received a Nicolas Fauvergue pass but he lifted his shot over both Ruffier and the crossbar.

There was still time for Nicolas De Preville to sting the palms of Ruffier but St Etienne held out for an important point in their hunt for a European place.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 18 38
2 Paris St Germain 19 38
3 Lyon 18 36
4 St Etienne 18 33
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 18 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 17 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 17 19
18 Metz 19 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15