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French Ligue 1

Geoffroy-Guichard 7th April 2013 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: Amaury Delerue

St Etienne St Etienne vs Evian Thonon Gaillar Evian

St Etienne 1

B Laquait (og 79)

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Evian 0

St Etienne move up to third

Last Updated: 07/04/13 3:45pm

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Romain Hamouma scored the only goal of the game

Romain Hamouma scored the only goal of the game

Romain Hamouma's second-half strike was enough for St Etienne to beat Evian 1-0 and move up to into third place in Ligue 1.

Lyon have the chance re-take the position when they meet Reims later on Sunday, but the win maintained the home side's excellent form with Christophe Galtier's men having yet to lose a league game in 2013.

Evian came into the game in good form having picked up eight points from four games, including wins over Lille and Sochaux, to move out of the Ligue 1 relegation zone.

However poor early-season form meant they were just a point clear of the bottom three and desperate to keep their good momentum going.

It was the home side who started quickly and goalkeeper Bertrand Laquait was called into action after 15 minutes to punch away Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's effort.

Three minutes later Evian had their first opportunity, but from 25 yards Cedric Barbosa shot straight at Stephane Ruffier.

A Fabien Lemoine volley from 20 yards again tested Laquait, before the stopper was once again called into action just after the half-hour to tip away Hamouma's effort.

With half-time approaching Aubameyang played in Yohan Mollo, those thundering effort clattered into the post.

Five minutes after the restart Laquait had to be in top form to keep out dangerman Aubameyang, who was searching for his 18th Ligue 1 goal of the season.

However there was little the stopper could do to keep out what was to be the winner.

With 12 minutes left a Renaud Cohade cross was not cleared by the visiting defence and from five yards Hamouma headed home his fifth goal of the season.

With two minutes left, Evian should have snatched a leveller, but from just inches out substitute Yannick Sagbo headed Saber Khlifa's cross over the bar.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 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 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15