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Parc des Sports 10th May 2014 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: Benoit Bastien

Evian Evian Thonon Gaillar vs Nice Nice

Evian 2

K Berigaud (19)
N Benezet (77)

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Nice 0

Evian stay out of trouble

Last Updated: 10/05/14 11:48pm

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Kevin Berigaud: On target for Evian

Kevin Berigaud: On target for Evian

Evian remain on the right side of the Ligue 1 danger line after a 2-0 win over Nice on a dramatic night in France.

Kevin Berigaud and Nicolas Benezet scored the goals for the home side, whose joy will have turned to fury when they got back to the dressing rooms to see relegation rivals Guingamp and Souchaux also won.

The upshot is that the table effectively remains the same with Sochaux a point adrift behind the line and Evian just above them. The two play each other next weekend in a winner-takes-all battle.

Evian will need to be on top of their game when that day comes, with Sochaux bang in-form. They will at least head into it in good shape themselves, though.

They started well and Daniel Wass had a free-kick blocked by Mouez Hassen, before Berigaud opened the scoring in the 18th minute.

Evian's all-time leading scorer robbed Nemanja Pejcinovic of possession and then had a walk-in to the goal where he did the rest.

It was all Evian and Benezet played in Berigaud for what would have been a second had his effort not skimmed the post.

Nice responded after the break with Franck Honorat cracking a drive just wide, before Evian returned to the front foot and put the game to bed in the 77th minute.

Benezet was the scorer, taking in Wass' pass and jinking into the area before slapping in a strike which Hassen got a hand to but could not keep out.

That proved to be that and Evian saw the game out, with their biggest hurdle still to come. For Nice, despite the loss, safety is in the bag as they cannot be overtaken by both Evian and Sochaux.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29