Valentin Eysseric scored a second-half penalty to earn St. Etienne a draw against Stade Rennes at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
St. Etienne came close to opening the scoring in the first minute, when Kevin Monnet-Paquet headed towards the goal, but was saved by Rennes keeper Benoit Costil.
Rennes slowly started to grow into the game, and took advantage of their dominance five minutes before the end of the first half, thanks to Pedro Henrique who capitalized from Giovanni Sio’s pass, before slotting home to give the away side the lead going into half time.
After the break, St. Etienne had the first real chance, when Loic Perrin rose highest in the area, only to see his header sail over the bar.
Les Verts pressed Rennes senselessly in the second half, and when Neal Maupay sent his header wide of the goal, they must have felt that the game just wasn’t going their way.
Moments later, Slyvain Armand brought down Romain Hamouma in the box, giving Eysseric the chance to fire home, which he duly took, to bring St. Etienne level.
Les Verts were unable to grab a second a win the game, leaving the game at 1-1, and really showing that no one in Ligue 1 wants to cement that 2nd or 3rd place before Christmas.