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French Ligue 1

Chaban-Delmas 13th December 2012 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: C Turpin

Bordeaux Bordeaux vs St Etienne St Etienne

Home comforts for Bordeaux

Last Updated: 13/12/12 10:36pm

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Faouzi Ghoulam: Denied by the woodwork

Faouzi Ghoulam: Denied by the woodwork

Bordeaux extended their unbeaten record at the Stade Chaban Delmas to 26 Ligue 1 matches but a goalless draw with St Etienne did not do much to advance either side's hopes of a top three spot.

Both teams had the chance to move within two points of the Champions League places with victory although the closest either side came to scoring was when Faouzi Ghoulam's long-range strike came back off the bar.

Les Girondins' failure to find the net was their first time they had not scored at home since September 2011.

Yet despite their enviable record at the Chaban Delmas the hosts were firmly on the back foot in the first half as St Etienne looked to make amends for losing at home to league leaders Lyon on Sunday.

Romain Hamouma's strike from just outside the area was deflected away by Ludovic Sane but the midfielder should have done better when his close-range effort from Josuha Guilavogui's through ball was marvellously tipped away by Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso.

The visitors continued to attack and after Bordeaux had insufficiently failed to clear their lines, Ghoulam's piledriver from 25 yards came rattling off the crossbar, while after the interval, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's low effort produced another fine save from Carrasso.

Opposite number Stephane Ruffier had to be alert to stop Yoan Gouffran's volley from Gregory Sertic's free-kick as Bordeaux attempted to gain a foothold in the match.

There was little urgency in the closing stages although Bordeaux nearly grabbed a late winner, with Ruffier having to block Brazilian Jussie's first-time attempt from the edge of the box as the spoils were shared.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 79
2 Monaco 34 72
3 Lille 34 64
4 St Etienne 34 57
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 34 52
7 Bordeaux 34 48
8 Reims 34 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Bastia 34 44
11 Nantes 34 43
12 Lorient 34 42
13 Rennes 34 39
14 Montpellier 34 39
15 Nice 34 39
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 34 35
18 Sochaux 34 33
19 Valenciennes 34 29
20 AC Ajaccio 34 20