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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 Lyon 34 68
2 Paris St Germain 33 68
3 Monaco 34 62
4 St Etienne 34 60
5 Marseille 34 57
6 Bordeaux 34 55
7 Montpellier 34 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 34 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 37
19 Metz 33 30
20 RC Lens 34 26