November 3, 2012
Evian Thonon Gaillard 0-2 Lille
Lille stretched their unbeaten Ligue 1 run to four matches with victory at struggling Evian tonight.
Nolan Roux and Florent Balmont were on target for the visitors, who are now up to seventh in the table after winning three of their last four matches.
Evian, who lie one place above the bottom three, had an unexpected break last weekend when their fixture at Sochaux was postponed because of snow.
And they had the first chance tonight on rested legs, with Fabrice Ehret spooning a shot inches over the bar after eight minutes.
Lille responded four minutes later with a free-kick from Aurelien Chedjou, which fell narrowly wide, while Dimitri Payet's low right-footed strike forced a decent save from goalkeeper Stephan Andersen as the visitors threatened once more.
And they went in front six minutes before the interval through Roux, who rose to meet a cross from Payet before heading past a stranded Andersen.
Evian came out fighting at the start of the second half and a powerful header from substitute Aldo Angoula had to be blocked on the line by goalkeeper Mickael Landreau.
Tie Bi then set up Yannick Sagbo, who tried his luck from a tight angle only to see the ball beaten away once again by Landreau.
Lille coped well under the pressure and hit back with their second goal after 61 minutes. Laurent Bonnart curled in a cross from the left with Balmont waiting in the area to slam the ball home right footed.
Evian refused to buckle, however, and were unlucky not to get something for their efforts nine minutes from time with Youssef Adnane's superb strike matched by an excellent save on the line from Landreau.
|Evian Thonon Gaillard||Lille|
|30 Stephan Andersen||1 Mickael Landreau|
|25 Jonathan Mensah||22 Aurelien Chedjou|
|21 Cedric Mongongu||25 Marko Basa|
|18 Daniel Wass||21 Laurent Bonnart|
|26 Brice Dja Djedjé||2 Mathieu Debuchy|
|24 Olivier Sorlin||14 David Rozehnal|
|4 Eric Tié Bi||10 Marvin Martin|
|14 Cedric Barbosa||4 Florent Balmont|
|28 Fabrice Ehret||26 Nolan Roux|
|9 Kévin Berigaud||7 Dimitri Payet|
|20 Yannick Sagbo||8 Salomon Kalou|
|8 Sidney Govou||Benoit Pedretti 17|
|23 David Jarolim||Djibril Sidibe 15|
|16 Bertrand Laquait||Steeve Elana 16|
|27 Youssef Adnane||Rio Mavuba 24|
|19 Guillaume Lacour||Tulio De Melo 9|
|17 Aldo Angoula||Gianni Bruno 19|
|5 Iheb Mbarki||Viktor Klonaridis 28|
|Aldo Angoula for Jonathan Mensah (45)||Benoit Pedretti for Marko Basa (45)|
|Sidney Govou for Cedric Barbosa (64)||Djibril Sidibe for Mathieu Debuchy (75)|
|Youssef Adnane for Kévin Berigaud (72)||Tulio De Melo for Nolan Roux (81)|
|Jonathan Mensah (38)||Marvin Martin (71)|
|Brice Dja Djedjé (56)|
|· Rosters: Evian Thonon Gaillard | Lille|