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French Ligue 1

Municipal De Gerland 28th April 2013 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: L Duhamel

Lyon Lyon vs St Etienne St Etienne

Lyon 1

Y Gourcuff (54)


St Etienne 1

K Zouma (29)

Lyon on course for third

Last Updated: 28/04/13 8:32pm

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Steed Malbranque beats Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the ball

Steed Malbranque beats Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the ball

Lyon remained in pole position in the race for third in Ligue 1 as they fought back to draw 1-1 with fourth-placed St Etienne at the Stade Gerland.

A second-half Yoann Gourcuff strike cancelled out Kurt Zouma's opener for Les Verts as Lyon missed out on a third successive league win but stayed on course for Champions League qualification.

The visitors were guilty of wasting a succession of chances and will be disappointed to not get the win which would have seen them leapfrog their rivals.

St Etienne settled well and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's near-post flick from a Brandao cross almost caught Anthony Lopes out, but the goalkeeper saved well with his left foot.

Stephane Ruffier was also in fine form at the other end and the 26-year-old made a magnificent save to keep out Brandao's header from a Gourcuff cross.

Moments later Les Verts took the lead through young centre-half Zouma. The 18-year-old rose highest from a Yohan Mollo corner and glanced the ball beyond Lopes.

The goal sparked trouble in the stands and the match was held up for several minutes before order was restored.

Aubameyang almost fashioned a second five minutes later, but after dancing his way past the Lyon defence the Gabonese star fired just wide of the post.

Despite Jimmy Briand wasting a good chance from inside the area, the visitors held on to go in at the break one up.

At the start of the second half both Aubameyang and Brandao were guilty of wasting good opportunities before Lyon hauled themselves back into the game.

Gourcuff fashioned space inside the area for himself before seeing his left-footed effort take a nick off Zouma and finish up beyond a wrong-footed Ruffier.

The visitors were guilty once again of being wasteful with 25 minutes to play when Romain Hamouma turned a Bakary Kone cross goalward, but Lopes just managed to hold on to the ball.

Aubameyang's luck failed to improve and the striker saw an effort saved by Lopes before heading just wide of the post with minutes left as both teams had to settle for a point.

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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