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French Ligue 1

Stade Nungesser 15th September 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: L Jaffredo

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs Bordeaux Bordeaux

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Bordeaux fire a blank

Last Updated: 15/09/12 9:52pm

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Vincent Aboubakar and Gregory Sertic battle for the ball

Vincent Aboubakar and Gregory Sertic battle for the ball

Bordeaux boss Francis Gillot's call for his side to take more of their chances fell on deaf ears as they were held to a goalless draw at Valenciennes.

Gillot had been happy with his team's unbeaten start but urged them be more ruthless in front of goal, only to watch them draw a blank.

By the finish, he might have been grateful just to get a point as Valenciennes enjoyed the better of the game and came closest to breaking the deadlock with a Rudy Mater effort that crashed back off the crossbar.

Bordeaux had the first real chance of the game, but Benoit Tremoulinas' low drive skimmed the outside of the right post.

At the other end, Mathieu Dossevi tried to lob Cedric Carrasso from the edge of the area but the goalkeeper managed to snatch the ball.

Carraso then kept out Dossevi's 30-yard free-kick while, at the other end, Ludovic Obraniak saw his snap-shot punched clear by

Nicolas Penneteau.

Mater then went as close as anyone would in the match with a first-time volley that rattled the frame of Carrasso's goal.

Dossevi then tested Carrasso's reflexes once more before the break with a free-kick on the left, but the goalkeeper made the block in time.

There were early chances for both teams in the second half, with Penneteau keeping out a strong effort from Obraniak before Mater fired narrowly wide for Valenciennes.

The match then went quiet, with few sights of goal until late on.

There were 10 minutes left when Cheick Diabate's effort was turned away for a Bordeaux corner, and then in injury time Valenciennes' Dossevi saw Carrasso claw his effort away under the crossbar.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 10 25
2 Paris St Germain 10 18
3 Bordeaux 10 18
4 Lyon 10 17
5 St Etienne 10 17
6 Nantes 10 16
7 Metz 10 15
8 Lille 10 15
9 Toulouse 10 14
10 Monaco 10 14
11 Montpellier 10 14
12 Nice 10 14
13 Rennes 10 12
14 Reims 10 11
15 Lorient 10 10
16 Bastia 10 10
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 10 10
18 Caen 10 9
19 Guingamp 10 9
20 RC Lens 10 8