Saint Étienne came from two goals down to earn a point against Angers in a dramatic game in the week 11 Uber eats Ligue 1 game on Friday.
The kick-off was delayed by an hour after tension among Saint-Étienne fans boiled over and led to flares being thrown onto the pitch, which damaged the nets in both goals.
The LFP is already considering sanctions following the incidents last night between Saint-Etienne and Angers. It will be discussed on Wednesday in the disciplinary committee.
Once the match eventually kicked off at 10pm local time, Angers opened the scoring in the 28th minute courtesy Ismael Traoré header. Eleven minutes into the second half, Angers increased their advantage, with Angelo Fulgini breaking in behind the host’s backline, slotting in easily.
Wahbi Khazri halved the deficit soon after for the home side, scoring his sixth goal of the season from a mid-range free kick. Second half substitute Mickael Nade was the hero of the night, scoring in a late header, only confirmed by VAR in the 97th minute to rescue a point for ‘LES VERTS’
Reacting to the result, Saint Etienne’s coach Claude Puel, praises his Saint-Étienne side after the draw.
“My players were fantastic in adversity, first of all with regard to the scenario of the match. They showed character, quality and a lot of solidarity to grab that equaliser in stoppage time, it shows they don’t give up.”
“They are fully aware of the situation we are going through but they are giving it their all to get out of it. It wasn’t enough, but I’m proud of the performance they put in under those conditions.” He concluded.
Angers’ Manager Gerald Baticle said his team lacked aggression, and that cost Angers their first win away to Saint-Etienne in 49 years.
“Our frustration comes from the result and the late goal. In these conditions, it’s always hard. But you also have to know how to analyze the match beforehand. We didn’t have our best first half, nor our best second half.”
“We lacked the aggressiveness in the duels, the presence too, we were not able to bypass the pressing of the Les Verts. We had identified this, that of a team capable of pressing very high.”
“And that put us in danger. We failed to pierce them and we lost confidence in their half from the ball in the first few situations. Part of the credit goes largely to Saint Étienne team.”