Montpellier draws 1-1 at home to Saint-Etienne

Associated Press Modified: September 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm •  Published: September 21, 2012
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PARIS (AP) — French champion Montpellier needed a second-half equalizer from striker Souleymane Camara to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to Saint-Etienne on Friday.

Montpellier, which lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday, has won only once in the league and is languishing down in 14th place ahead of the weekend action, with just five points from six games.

Camara spared his team another defeat when he converted a pass from winger Remy Cabella in the 70th minute, moments after blazing a great chance over the crossbar.

"We started the first half poorly," Montpellier goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren said. "I've said this several times now, but we will have to react. We're trying to fight back, but for the time being it's not happening for us."

Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the visitors the lead on the stroke of halftime when he turned in Max-Alain Gradel's cross to the back post. Aubameyang had hit the post a minute before.

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