May 18, 2013
Evian Thonon Gaillard 2-0 Valenciennes
Evian all but assured themselves of Ligue 1 football next season by beating Valenciennes this evening.
Goals in the opening 12 minutes from Saber Khelifa and Fabrice Ehret made it back-to-back wins in the league for Pascal Dupraz's men.
The result means Evian are three points above the drop zone with one round remaining but they have a healthier goal difference than third-from-bottom Troyes, who also won tonight.
Evian round off the campaign at Bordeaux while Troyes travel to Valenciennes.
With their Ligue 1 future at stake, the hosts made the perfect start with the opening goal after just two minutes. Daniel Wass played in Khelifa, who smashed a 25-yard drive past Valenciennes goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau.
Khelifa then set up a second goal 10 minutes later, delivering a superb pass into the area for Ehret to tuck the ball away from a few yards out.
Evian continued to boss the first half and only the quick actions of Penneteau prevented them from adding to their tally, with the Valenciennes keeper palming away a low effort from Khelifa before Kevin Berigaud saw his angled shot saved on the stroke of half-time.
The home side continued to push for goals after the interval and Berigaud saw another opening cleared off the line in the 57th minute after trying to finish a fine pass from Brice Djadjedje.
Valenciennes' defence came under fire again 12 minutes later, once again sweeping away the danger after Berigaud had teed up Mohammed Rabiu.
Khelifa then tried his luck from 25 yards with a powerful right-footed strike which almost caught Penneteau off guard.
The visitors produced little in response until the final stages, when Gael Danic was unfortunate not to add his name to the scoresheet with his free-kick tipped away at full stretch by Evian goalkeeper Bertrand Laquait.
|Evian Thonon Gaillard||Valenciennes|
|16 Bertrand Laquait||1 Nicolas Penneteau|
|3 Betao||5 Brou Angoua|
|22 Cédric Cambon||15 Nicolas Isimat-Mirin|
|18 Daniel Wass||24 Gaetan Bong|
|26 Brice Dja Djedjé||18 Kenny Lala|
|24 Olivier Sorlin||6 Carlos Sanchez|
|2 Mohammed Rabiu||3 Younousse Sankhare|
|28 Fabrice Ehret||12 Rémi Gomis|
|23 Milos Ninkovic||28 Grégory Pujol|
|29 Saber Khelifa||8 Gaël Danic|
|9 Kévin Berigaud||10 Mathieu Dossevi|
|14 Cedric Barbosa||José Saez 23|
|19 Guillaume Lacour||Rudy Mater 25|
|17 Aldo Angoula||Maor Melikson 27|
|1 Johann Durand||Jean-Louis Leca 16|
|4 Eric Tié Bi||Lindsay Rose 20|
|5 Iheb Mbarki||Vincent Aboubakar 9|
|33 Clarck Nsikulu|
|Eric Tié Bi for Milos Ninkovic (66)||Vincent Aboubakar for Younousse Sankhare (70)|
|Cedric Barbosa for Fabrice Ehret (77)||Maor Melikson for Gaël Danic (90)|
|Clarck Nsikulu for Kévin Berigaud (87)||José Saez for Rémi Gomis (87)|
|Olivier Sorlin (74)||Younousse Sankhare (50)|
|Mohammed Rabiu (80)|
|· Squads: Evian Thonon Gaillard | Valenciennes|