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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 Lyon 27 54
2 Paris St Germain 27 53
3 Marseille 27 50
4 Monaco 26 44
5 St Etienne 27 43
6 Montpellier 26 42
7 Bordeaux 27 42
8 Nantes 27 36
9 Lille 27 35
10 Rennes 27 35
11 Guingamp 27 35
12 Caen 27 34
13 Nice 27 34
14 Bastia 27 33
15 Reims 27 32
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 27 32
17 Lorient 27 31
18 Toulouse 27 29
19 RC Lens 27 22
20 Metz 27 22