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Stade Nungesser 12th April 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: Bartolomeu Varela

Valenc'nes Valenciennes vs St Etienne St Etienne

Valenc'nes 0

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St Etienne run goes on

Last Updated: 12/04/13 10:46pm

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St Etienne couldn't get a goal on Friday

St Etienne couldn't get a goal on Friday

St Etienne extended their unbeaten run to 17 matches but had to settle for a draw from their Ligue 1 match at Valenciennes tonight.

The visitors did not have things their own way as Daniel Sanchez's side made them work for the point they picked up from the goalless draw at the Stade du Hainaut.

St Etienne had the game's first chance in the 20th minute. Renaud Cohade freed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his powerful 30-yard shot was deflected away by defender Benjamin Angoua.

Valenciennes responded seven minutes later when Gael Danic received the ball from Maor Melikson and tried to lob Stephane Ruffier - but the St Etienne goalkeeper made a fingertip save.

Just before the interval Aubameyang saw his powerful right-foot shot go narrowly wide with goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau beaten.

Two minutes into the second half Danic and Opa Nguette combined to set up Remi Gomis for a header which went just over the bar.

Just past the hour mark Danic saw a 20-yard effort deflected for a corner as the home side sought the breakthrough.

However, they were reminded of the visitors' quality in the 73rd minute when Fabien Lemoine tried his luck with a powerful shot which Penneteau did well to block.

The hosts came close to winning the contest in the final minute - but Vincent Aboubakar's volley, following a neat header from Bayal Sall, could only find the side-netting.

The result means St Etienne remain in third place, 10 points behind pacesetters Paris St Germain having played a game more.

Valenciennes are 13th - seven points above the relegation zone but now without a win in eight matches.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
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