Mikael Lesage is looking at his watch and immediately ends this match.
You can see a deep sadness in the eyes of Wahbi Khazri (St Etienne) as he leaves the pitch after receiving a red card.
Second Yellow Card
This was really stupid from Mathieu Debuchy (St Etienne)! He is booked for the second time today and is forced to leave the pitch after seeing a red card in the hand of Mikael Lesage.
Youssouf Kone (Lille) will have to be careful for the rest of the match as he is shown a yellow card.
We are about to witness a subsitution. Thiago Maia (Lille) for Jonathan Ikone.
5 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
It's a goal! Nicolas Pepe (Lille) displays superb quick feet and dribbling as he jinks his way through multiple challenges and takes a shot from inside the box, which is deflected and goes past stranded Stephane Ruffier. 0:1.
Christophe Galtier has decided to make a change. Loic Remy (Lille) replaces Jonathan Bamba.
The corner from Wahbi Khazri (St Etienne) is hurriedly cleared.
Jonathan Bamba (Lille) receives a yellow card for infringement.
It's time for a substitution. Makhtar Gueye (St Etienne) comes on in place of Robert Beric.
The resulting set piece from Lille is comfortably intercepted by one of the defending players.
Xeka (Lille) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears the ball away. It will be a corner kick for Lille.
Jean-Louis Gasset decides to make a substitution. Youssef Ait Bennasser will be replaced by Arnaud Nordin (St Etienne).
The manager has decided to make a substitution and Romain Hamouma walks off the pitch to be replaced by Valentin Vada (St Etienne).
Mikael Lesage shows a yellow card to Timothee Kolodziejczak (St Etienne), who isn't surprised as the tackle was really hard and late.
The game is interrupted as Wahbi Khazri (St Etienne) is flagged offside.
Christophe Galtier has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Luiz Araujo replacing Rafael Leao (Lille).
Wahbi Khazri (St Etienne) takes the corner kick and sends a lovely ball into the penalty area, but the opposition's defence is ready and knocks the ball to safety.
Wahbi Khazri (St Etienne) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition's defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack. St Etienne earn a corner.
Xeka (Lille) takes the free kick but it is cleared by the first defender.
Mathieu Debuchy (St Etienne) sees a yellow card from Mikael Lesage after he sent one of the opposing players to the ground.
The foul by Xeka (Lille) is worthy of a card and a yellow is duly shown by Mikael Lesage.
Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.
A dangerous looking corner kick from Wahbi Khazri (St Etienne) is cleared to safety by the defence.
The yellow card is received by Yann M'Vila (St Etienne).
Remy Cabella (St Etienne) plays a dangerous chip pass into the box in an attempt to set up one of his teammates, but the effort is intercepted by one of the defenders.
Jonathan Bamba (Lille) tries to find Jonathan Ikone, but he puts too much power on the through ball.
Lille fail to score from a corner as Stephane Ruffier (St Etienne) leaps to collect the ball.
Jonathan Bamba (Lille) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition's defence intercepts the ball. Lille force a corner. They send men into the box.
A pass into the box finds Nicolas Pepe (Lille) unmarked. He carefully places a shot low towards the middle of the goal, but a brilliant last-ditch save by Stephane Ruffier denies him.
The half-time break is over and the second half is about to start.
There will be nothing more to see in the first half. The whistle blowing of Mikael Lesage has ended it.
CHANCE! Jonathan Ikone (Lille) picks up a pass inside the box and has a sight of goal, but he blazes his shot well over the top.
Wahbi Khazri (St Etienne) takes the corner and sends it into the penalty area, but the opposition's defence is ready and makes a good clearance.
Robert Beric (St Etienne) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent's defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out. St Etienne will take a corner kick.
Gabriel (Lille) gets to the ball from the resulting corner and tries his luck with a shot, but one of the defenders steps in to block the effort.
Now Lille have a corner.
Jonathan Ikone (Lille) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger. The referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick to Lille.
Wahbi Khazri (St Etienne) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) attempts to send over a cross in order to find one of his teammates, but an opposition defender averts the danger by intercepting the effort. The ball goes out of play. St Etienne are awarded a corner kick.
Wahbi Khazri (St Etienne) decides to speed play up with a short corner kick.
Robert Beric (St Etienne) gets on the end of a defence splitting pass inside the box and immediately directs a low shot towards the middle of the goal, but the Mike Maignan makes a great save.
Rafael Leao (Lille) misses a good chance to score. An inch-perfect cross into the box finds Rafael Leao (Lille) who rises for a header, but sends the ball well over the bar.
The ball unexpectedly rebounds out to Robert Beric (St Etienne) on the edge of the box, but his attempt is lame and ends up well wide of the right post.
A big opportunity is wasted by Nicolas Pepe (Lille), who makes a yard for himself and produces a mid-range rocket of a shot towards the bottom right corner. Unfortunately for him, Stephane Ruffier pulls off a fantastic save to stop the effort.
Remy Cabella (St Etienne) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted.
The resulting corner, taken by Romain Hamouma (St Etienne), comes to nothing.
A pass by Jonathan Ikone (Lille) ends up in no man's land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) sends a wonderful cross from the corner kick. However, the defence works perfectly to clear the ball and avert the threat.
A lofted cross from Mathieu Debuchy (St Etienne) is unsuccessful as the opponent's defence quickly clears the ball out of the penalty area. Good work from St Etienne as they win a corner.
Wahbi Khazri (St Etienne) launches a cross from the corner, but Mike Maignan is alert to thwart the effort.
The referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. St Etienne will have an opportunity to threaten the opposition's goal. Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) goes on a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as an opposition player blocks him.
Lille hold possession of the ball and display neat passing from player to player. They are waiting for the right moment to open up the opposition's defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) tries to send a pass but it's blocked.
Rafael Leao (Lille) latches on to a pin-point through ball, but one of the defending players dispossess him. Brilliant defending.
The ball rebounds outside of the penalty area and falls to the feet of Rafael Leao (Lille), who directs his low shot to the middle of the goal, but the keeper is there to block the effort.
Lille have a chance to score from a corner kick, but the ball is cleared by a defender.
Nicolas Pepe (Lille) produced a promising shot towards the bottom right corner after his wonderful solo run, but Stephane Ruffier thwarted him with a fabulous save. Lille have been awarded a corner kick. The referee and one of his assistants both point at the corner flag.
That was a poorly executed free kick from long distance. Wahbi Khazri (St Etienne) was trying to produce a cross into the penalty area, but his effort sailed off the pitch. The ball goes out of play and Lille will have a goal kick.
Thiago Mendes (Lille) manages to dispossess his opponent of the ball, but he commits a foul in the process and the referee blows his whistle. A free kick has been awarded to St Etienne.
Rafael Leao (Lille) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) attempts to find the head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box, but a defender outjumps the attackers and averts the threat.
The first half has just begun.
St Etienne will kick the game off.
Today's referee will be Mikael Lesage.
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