Nov 1, 2014 at 7pm UK at ​Stade Lille-Metropole
Lille
1-1
St EtienneSaint-Etienne
Frey (16')
Souare (76'), Lecinena (82')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Gradel (60')
Sall (36'), Diomande (42')

Result: Lille, Saint-Etienne play out dramatic draw

Lille and Saint-Etienne both miss chances to win the game from the penalty spot before settling for a 1-1 draw in Ligue 1.

Both sides missed late penalties as Lille and Saint-Etienne were forced settled for a point each in a dramatic 1-1 draw in Ligue 1.

Lille broke the deadlock in just the 16th minute as Michael Frey finished emphatically after collecting a clever pass from Marcos Lopes.

Lille's Swiss forward Michael Frey celebrates after scoring a goal during the French first division L1 football match against AS Saint-Etienne on November 1, 2014© Getty Images

The visitors struggled after the early setback and only managed to avoid falling further behind before the break thanks to an impressive Stephane Ruffier save from Simon Kjaer's header.

Max Gradel's dangerous free kick almost produced an equaliser for Saint-Etienne late in the first half, but Franck Tabanou could only head wide after finding room in a crowded box.

Ruffier was called into action to deny Kjaer once again early in the second half as the Danish defender watched his swerving free kick force the goalkeeper into another save.

Despite being pushed back by Lille for long spells, Saint-Etienne equalised on the hour mark when Tabanou delivered a cross for Gradel, who did what his teammate couldn't in the first half by heading home.

St Etienne's Ivorian forward Max Gradel celebrates after scoring a goal during the French first division L1 football match against Lille OSC on November 1, 2014© Getty Images

Lille were gifted the chance to restore their advantage when Ruffier brought down Frey in the box, but the goalkeeper quickly made up for his mistake by getting a strong hand on Divock Origi's penalty.

However, the drama was not over as Pape Souare's foul on Romain Hamouma handed the visitors a penalty of their own.

Gradel stepped up to take responsibility for his side, but Vincent Enyeama followed Ruffier's example to secure a point for his side with a fine save.

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