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French Ligue 1

Stade Nungesser 23rd February 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Benoit Millot

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs Toulouse Toulouse

Valenc'nes 0


Frustration for Toulouse

Last Updated: 24/02/13 12:02am

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Carlos Sanchez: Could have won the game for Valenciennes

Carlos Sanchez: Could have won the game for Valenciennes

Toulouse had to settle for a point after failing to break down Valenciennes in a bore draw.

While the visitors largely dominated the clash - particularly in the second half - it was Valenciennes who went closest with Carlos Sanchez twice narrowly missing the target.

For all their industry, the closest Toulouse came to scoring was on-loan midfielder Adil Hermach's fizzing volley which also went agonisingly wide, while Franck Tabanou saw an acrobatic effort well saved.

A point has not done much for either side's very slim prospects of reaching the European places, with 11th-placed Valenciennes one point and spot better off than their opponents.

Les Atheniens had the first opportunity of the match, with Sanchez firing just wide after being sent clear by Gregory Pujol.

Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue saw his header comfortably saved by Valenciennes goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau, who was beaten by Franck Tabanou's effort but which went wide of the post.

At the other end, Sanchez came closest to breaking the deadlock but, after combining with Remi Gomis in the area, could only hit wide.

It was all the visitors after the interval, with Hermach, on loan from Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal FC, volleying inches wide of the target from 20 yards.

Tabanou went close but his overhead kick from Etienne Didot's cross was well saved by Penneteau, who turned away another fizzing long distance strike from Hermach.

Hermach's fellow Moroccan Adrien Regattin superbly dribbled into the area, but he was also denied by Penneteau as the spoils were shared.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
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1 Lyon 22 48
2 Marseille 22 44
3 Paris St Germain 22 44
4 St Etienne 22 40
5 Monaco 22 39
6 Montpellier 22 35
7 Bordeaux 22 33
8 Nice 22 31
9 Nantes 22 31
10 Rennes 22 30
11 Reims 22 29
12 Guingamp 22 28
13 Lille 22 27
14 Bastia 22 23
15 Lorient 22 23
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 22 23
17 Toulouse 22 22
18 Caen 22 21
19 RC Lens 22 20
20 Metz 22 20