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Parc des Sports 28th February 2014 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: Bartolomeu Varela

Evian Evian Thonon Gaillar vs Nantes Nantes

Evian 2

C Barbosa (62)
D Wass (77)

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Nantes 0

Evian move clear of danger

Last Updated: 28/02/14 11:00pm

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Modou Sougou and Olivier Veigneau focus on the ball

Modou Sougou and Olivier Veigneau focus on the ball

Evian claimed their first league win of 2014 on Friday evening, beating Nantes 2-0 to edge five points clear of the Ligue 1 relegation zone.

Second-half goals from Cedric Barbosa and Daniel Wass ended a run of 10 matches without victory, with the result piling further pressure on the three teams below Evian in the standings.

Nantes are also beginning to feel the heat, having failed to win in their last seven league fixtures, and now sit just four points better off than their opponents.

Evian fired an early warning to the visitors at Parc des Sports, with Tulio De Melo connecting with a cross from Barbosa and heading inches wide of the target.

Nantes were quick to reply, though, and Fernando Aristeguieta's drive flew just past a post soon after.

They came even closer to scoring after 24 minutes when Alejandro Bedoya headed Banel Nicolita's assist on to the crossbar, and Evian - relieved at the let-off - threatened again before the interval with Djakaridja Kone's 20-yard shot well saved by Remy Riou.

The deadlock was finally broken on the hour mark by Barbosa, who ran on to a ball from Oliver Sorlin and rounded a defender before unleashing a volley which left Riou stranded.

Evian were two goals to the good after 77 minutes, with Wass adding his name to the scoresheet from a powerful strike which was again too much for Riou.

Nantes pushed forward in numbers as the minutes ticked down but the closest they got was a right-footed strike from Itay Shechter which was turned away by home goalkeeper Jesper Hansen.

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Table

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