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Evian clips ambitious St. Etienne

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St Etienne's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League took a blow after they were stunned 2-0 by Evian at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

Les Verts went in to the game on the back of a four-match unbeaten run and they were favourites to win this clash but despite dominating large parts of the clash, it was Evian who took away the spoils thanks to goals from Cedric Mongongu and Yannick Sagbo.

After their win at Marseille, Toulouse are now level on 43 points with fourth-place St Etienne, who remain three points behind third-place Lille.

All the early signs in the game were that Christophe Galtier's team were set for an easy home victory.

Bakary Sako found Albin Ebondo at the back post with a wicked cross but the defender's wonderfully-struck volley rattled the crossbar and bounced to safety.

Sako then tried his luck outside the penalty area as St Etienne continued to put pressure on the visitors but his shot flew over.

The visitors then stunned the hosts by taking the lead eight minutes before half-time against the run of play.

Sidney Govou flicked on a corner at the near post and Mongongu tapped home with his left foot from close range.

Sako had a golden chance to equalise just after the break but Evian stopper Stephan Andersen scrambled across his line to tip wide.

Evian then fought back and Stephane Ruffier had to be at his best to save two good efforts, the first from Govou and the second from Christian Poulsen.

St Etienne poured forward searching for an equaliser, leaving them exposed at the back and Evian took full advantage, sealing the win in injury time when Thomas Kahlenberg selflessly squared to Sagbo in the area and he tapped home in to an empty goal with Ruffier stranded.

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