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Parc des Sports 21st September 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Bartolomeu Varela

Evian Evian Thonon Gaillar vs Montpellier Montpellier

Evian 2

D Wass (74)
M Sougou (77)


Montpellier 2

V Montano (37)
R Cabella (52)
S Tiene (S/O 85)

Evian battle back

Last Updated: 21/09/13 9:45pm

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Kevin Berigaud in action.

Kevin Berigaud in action.

Evian battled back from two goals down to extend their unbeaten run to three matches after a 2-2 draw with 10-man Montpellier.

The visitors appeared on course to claim just their second win of the season after goals either side of half-time from Victor Montano and Remy Cabella.

But Daniel Wass and substitute Modou Sougou scored in the space of four minutes to earn a share of the spoils, while Montpellier's bad luck was compounded when Siaka Tiene was sent off five minutes from time, despite being earlier substituted, after a challenging the referee from the touchline.

The visitors should have been ahead in the opening two minutes when Victor Montano dribbled round Evian goalkeeper Bertrand Laquait only to miss the open goal by firing over.

Geoffrey Jourdren made a decent save in the Montpellier goal from Wass from just outside the area before La Paillade took a 36th-minute lead.

Djamel Bakar played through Montano and the Colombian forward clipped the ball over the onrushing Laquait and into the net.

Evian nearly drew level before half-time but Kevin Berigaud saw his close range effort cannon back off the post.

It looked to be a crucial miss when Montpellier doubled their lead six minutes after half-time when Cabella held off Cedric Mongongu to slot home at the near post from Bakar's left-wing cross.

Evian refused to give up, however, and Cedric Barbosa's deflected effort from distance was well saved by Jourdren before the hosts then scored two goals in the space of four minutes to turn the game on its head.

First, Wass curled superbly into the top corner with a free-kick in the 73rd minute.

Then, in Evian's next attack Brazilian defender Hilton failed to clear the danger and Youssouf Sabaly crossed for on-loan forward Sougou cut the shot in.

Hilton would atone for his error by clearing the ball off the line from Berigaud's close-range strike to ensure the visitors would at least go home with a point.

Their night ended on a sour note, however, as Tiene, who was substituted in the 70th minute, was shown a red card five minutes from the end.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
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1 Paris St Germain 33 68
2 Lyon 33 65
3 Monaco 33 59
4 Marseille 34 57
5 St Etienne 33 57
6 Bordeaux 34 55
7 Montpellier 33 52
8 Lille 34 50
9 Rennes 34 49
10 Nantes 34 44
11 Guingamp 34 43
12 Nice 34 41
13 Bastia 34 40
14 Toulouse 34 39
15 Caen 34 38
16 Lorient 34 38
17 Reims 33 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 37
19 Metz 33 30
20 RC Lens 33 26