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Parc des Sports 26th April 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Nicolas Rainville

Evian Evian Thonon Gaillar vs St Etienne St Etienne

Evian 1

D Wass (53)
Y Sabaly (S/O 90+3)
C Cambon (S/O 90+4)


St Etienne 2

B Corgnet (7)
L Perrin (15)

St Etienne dream is alive

Last Updated: 26/04/14 9:47pm

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Saint Etienne players celebrate after scoring

Saint Etienne players celebrate after scoring

St Etienne revived their bid to reach the Champions League with a 2-1 win at Evian.

Benjamin Corgnet and skipper Loic Perrin scored inside the first 15 minutes before withstanding an improved Evian after half-time.

Daniel Wass' 53rd-minute goal was all that Evian had to show for their fightback and stoppage-time dismissals for Youssouf Sabaly and Cedric Cambon further set back their fight against relegation.

Sabaly was red carded for a horror tackle on Francois Clerc and in the following melee Cambon was also sent off.

St Etienne had drawn their previous three games to lose momentum in their chase for a Champions League place, but have closed the gap on third-placed Lille to four points. Lille host Bordeaux on Sunday.

The visitors shot out of the blocks and Melvut Erding saw a header skim the post after meeting a Max-Alain Gradel cross.

It was a warning of what was to come as Gradel set up St Etienne's two early goals.

The winger outpaced his marker and fired in a cross to the near post, where Corgnet showed the most desire to be first to the ball and volley past Jesper Hansen.

A Gradel free-kick was too good for Evian on 15 minutes. His delivery to the penalty spot caught out Cambon as Perrin beat him to the ball to head home.

Erding almost made it 3-0 moments later with a backheel but Hansen read the danger.

It remained 2-0 until half-time and Evian made almost immediate inroads after the break through Wass. Cedric Barbosa dribbled past Moustapha Sall and set up Wass to slot in.

Hansen had to make a couple of good saves to stop ASSE reclaiming a two goal cushion, denying Erding and Fabien Lemoine, before Wass outjumped teenage defender Kurt Zouma only to head over.

Evian then lost Sabaly and Cambon to their late red cards, which could prove vital in a relegation fight that sees them five points clear of the drop zone.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 27 54
2 Paris St Germain 27 53
3 Marseille 27 50
4 Monaco 26 44
5 St Etienne 27 43
6 Montpellier 26 42
7 Bordeaux 27 42
8 Nantes 27 36
9 Lille 27 35
10 Rennes 27 35
11 Guingamp 27 35
12 Caen 27 34
13 Nice 27 34
14 Bastia 27 33
15 Reims 27 32
16 Lorient 26 31
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 26 29
18 Toulouse 27 29
19 RC Lens 27 22
20 Metz 27 22