St Etienne 1-1 Reims – St Etienne claim draw vs Reims: 1-1 at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard

Technical card:
St Etienne: Jessy Moulin, Mathieu Debuchy, Harold Moukoudi, Pape Abou Cisse, Miguel Trauco, Mahdi Camara (Zaydou Youssouf, min.79), Lucas Gourna-Douath (Adil Aouchiche, min.46), Yvan Neyou, Denis Bouanga, Anthony Modeste (Charles Abi, min.59) and Wahbi Khazri (Arnaud Nordin, min.46)
Reims: Predrag Rajkovic, Thomas Foket, Wout Faes, Marshall Munetsi, Ghislain Konan, Dereck Kutesa (Moussa Doumbia, min.59), Valon Berisha, Nathanael Mbuku, Moreto Cassama, Arber Zeneli (El Bilal Toure, min.59) and Boulaye Dia (Mouhamadou Drammeh, min.80)
Stadium: the Stade Geoffroy Guichard
Goals: El Bilal Toure (0-1, min. 72) and Charles Abi (1-1, min. 89)

On Saturday, St Etienne and Reims were held to a 1-1 draw at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard. St Etienne were keen to hang onto their position at the top of league and extend their winning run after winning their previous two matches in the league. The most recent was against the Rennes away (2-0), the other to Metz at home (1-0). Reims are struggling for form following a draw in their last match. After today’s result, both teams are on 30 points and occupy 14th and 13th places respectively after 26 matches.

After an uneventful first half, Reims took the lead in the second half, following a goal from El Bilal Toure in the 72nd minute. However, they didn’t maintain the lead for long though, an equalizer from a Charles Abi just before the final whistle brought St Etienne level. The game ended a 1-1 draw.

For St Etienne Arnaud Nordin, Adil Aouchiche, Charles Abi and Zaydou Youssouf came on for Wahbi Khazri, Lucas Gourna-Douath, Anthony Modeste and Mahdi Camara, while Reims brought on Moussa Doumbia, El Bilal Toure and Mouhamadou Drammeh to replace Dereck Kutesa, Arber Zeneli and Boulaye Dia.

The referee booked Nathanael Mbuku and Moussa Doumbia for Reims.

St Etienne will next travel to Lorient, while Reims will face Montpellier at home.

*The credit for all of photos in this article belongs to AP*