Here comes a substitution. Romain Hamouma is given a rest as he is replaced by Lamine Ghezali (St Etienne).
St Etienne earn a corner.
Remy Cabella (St Etienne) skips past his man but can't keep the ball in play. The ball is off of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Caen.
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Valentin Vada (St Etienne) comes onto the pitch so that Arnaud Nordin can be given a rest.
Youssef Ait Bennasser (St Etienne) commits an ugly tackle on his opponent, but there is no caution from the referee.
Ismael Diomande (Caen) makes a strong challenge and Florent Batta blows for a foul.
Another attempt to send the ball beyond the defence by Frederic Guilbert (Caen) is thwarted and cleared to safety.
Remy Cabella (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.
Caen get the advantage of a free kick. The distance is about 38 metres which offers a variety of options.
Malik Tchokounte has picked up an injury and is replaced by Claudio Beauvue (Caen).
Malik Tchokounte (Caen) requires medical treatment, so the referee stops play and signals for the physio to come onto the pitch.
A cross from a mid-range free kick, taken by Caen, is intercepted by one of the defenders.
Youssef Ait Bennasser (St Etienne) robs an opponent of the ball and explodes in anger when Florent Batta blows for a foul.
Brice Samba leaps to intercept the corner kick from Romain Hamouma (St Etienne).
The ball is whipped in from the corner by Romain Hamouma (St Etienne), but one of the defenders gets it clear.
Saif-Eddine Khaoui (Caen) brings his opponent down with a tackle and Florent Batta blows his whistle for a foul. Free kick. St Etienne will probably just try to cross the ball in from here.
Well-positioned Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) was first to the rebound and fired in a shot towards the bottom right corner, but Brice Samba reacted superbly to keep the ball out. The fans could not believe their eyes. It was a miraculous stop!
Enzo Crivelli (Caen) changes the direction of the ball using his hand, but he is angry when the referee gives a foul against him. St Etienne have a free kick.
Saif-Eddine Khaoui (Caen) escapes without any punishment from the referee after using excessive force to foul his opponent.
William Saliba (St Etienne) strikes from the edge of the box, but hits it really poorly and sends the ball way over the bar.
Ismael Diomande (Caen) makes an overly-aggressive challenge and Florent Batta blows his whistle for a foul.
The defence is alert as they clear a dangerous cross from Enzo Crivelli (Caen).
Arnaud Nordin (St Etienne) decides to take a short corner instead of crossing into the box.
Robert Beric (St Etienne) whips the ball in, but it fails to reach any of his teammates as the opposition's defence averts the threat. St Etienne will have a chance to score from a corner kick.
Yann M'Vila (St Etienne) deprives his opponent of the ball, but the referee blows his whistle for a foul. He's not happy with the decision!
Fabien Mercadal has made a change at the break. Emmanuel Imorou (Caen) has come on in place of Evens Joseph.
The whistle blows and Florent Batta starts the second half.
The end of the first half.
Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
1 additional min. will be played.
The linesman raises his flag as one of the players from Caen was in an offside position.
Florent Batta blows for a foul after Pierre-Yves Polomat (St Etienne) was too aggressive in the battle for the ball.
Wasted opportunity! Ismael Diomande (Caen) picked up a pass and had lots of options, but instead decided to shoot from distance and it went high over the bar.
Fabien Mercadal is forced to make a change. Romain Genevois (Caen) is not able to carry on due to injury. He is replaced by Younn Zahary.
Romain Genevois (Caen) is down injured and the referee stops play so that he can receive medical treatment.
The referee blows his whistle as Jonathan Gradit (Caen) was too aggressive in his challenge. St Etienne have a free kick.
Florent Batta has a clear sight and sees a foul from Malik Tchokounte (Caen).
A long pass from defence releases Arnaud Nordin (St Etienne) on the edge of the box, but his snap shot somehow flies just past the right post. The crowd thought it was in! The ball goes out of play and Caen will have a goal kick.
Enzo Crivelli (Caen) was too fierce in his attempt to get the ball from his opponent and Florent Batta blows for a foul.
Stunning strike! Arnaud Nordin (St Etienne) latches on to a precise through ball from Romain Hamouma before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the bottom right corner from the edge of the area. Fantastic goal. The score is now 0:3.
A pass by Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) ends up in no man's land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
Romain Genevois (Caen) gets in a good position inside the box and is only inches away from getting on the end of a through ball from the edge of the area. It's a throw-in for St Etienne.
Some great play by Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) ends with a shot on the edge of the box towards the left side of the goal, but Brice Samba sees it all the way and makes a comfortable save.
Goal! Romain Hamouma produces a great pass that finds Robert Beric (St Etienne) inside the penalty area, who takes advantage of the situation to rifle a shot high into the net. 0:2.
Arnaud Nordin (St Etienne) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent's defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it.
Evens Joseph (Caen) tries to send a pass but it's blocked.
It looks like Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) saw red with that tackle. Florent Batta won't tolerate such behaviour on the pitch and blows for a foul.
Malik Tchokounte (Caen) is in a clear offside position and the referee blows his whistle after the linesman raises his flag.
Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) takes the resultant free kick from the edge of the box and tries to find one of his teammates with a cross, but the keeper climbs high and gets to it first, collecting the ball with ease.
Arnaud Nordin (St Etienne) has a huge chance to score from close range, but his effort goes just a few inches wide of the right-hand post. The ball is off of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Caen.
Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) goes over to take a corner kick after one of the defenders makes a good clearance.
A horde of players are waiting inside the penalty area for a cross from the corner, but Arnaud Nordin (St Etienne) takes it short.
Youssef Ait Bennasser (St Etienne) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Florent Batta has a clear sight of it and blows his whistle.
Goal! Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) weaves his way past opponents, and he unleashes a magnificent effort from the edge of the box into the bottom left corner. Brice Samba had no chance of reaching it. The score is 0:1.
The first half has started.
The players are out at last! St Etienne will take the kick-off.
Florent Batta will supervise the game today.
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