Govou snatches late Evian leveller

BY foxsports • February 18, 2012

Sidney Govou popped up with an equaliser deep into stoppage time as Evian took a 2-2 draw from their Ligue 1 encounter at Caen.

The former France international's first goal for the club he joined last summer denied the hosts all three points after they had led through Livio Nabab's 57th-minute effort.

The hosts had earlier opened the scoring through a Pierre-Alain Frau penalty on the stroke of half-time while Cedric Barbosa struck Evian's first of the night after 50 minutes.

The stalemate leaves both sides locked on 24 points apiece and still mired in mid-table.

Caen started in positive fashion and Romain Hamouma forced Stephan Andersen into a great reflex save on 10 minutes after he connected well with Nabab's right-wing cross.

Andersen's opposite number Alexis Thebaux was then called into action twice in three minutes, first saving a Christian Poulsen header and then blocking Mohamed Rabiu's left-footed shot.

Andersen kept out Frau just after the half-hour to leave the sides looking destined to go in at the break with the scoreline blank, but that changed a minute into added time when Guillaume Rippert fouled Frau in the area and the striker sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot-kick.

Evian wasted little time drawing level after the restart, just five minutes gone when Barbosa scored with a wonderful 25-yard free-kick beyond the helpless Thebaux.

Caen restored their lead seven minutes later when Nabab fired home low under Andersen after he was allowed time and space to run with the ball after receiving possession in midfield.

Once that goal went in it was all one-way traffic, with Evian - and Govou in particular - looking menacing.

With 61 minutes gone the 32-year-old striker beat his man before driving in a shot that Thebaux blocked, while nine minutes later his volley was spectacularly kept out by the home goalkeeper.

Govou then fired wide as it looked as though Thebaux would win their personal battle, but that changed three minutes into time added on when a corner found its way through to the former Lyon man, who took aim with a right-footed volley that flew in to secure a deserved point.