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Geoffroy-Guichard 3rd May 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: Nicolas Rainville

St Etienne St Etienne vs Bordeaux Bordeaux

No goals at St Etienne

Last Updated: 03/05/13 10:55pm

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Kurt Zouma wins a header.

Kurt Zouma wins a header.

St Etienne's Champions League ambitions suffered a blow as they were held to a goalless draw by mid-table Bordeaux.

The Coupe de la Ligue winners had the better chances but they were upstaged by visiting goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso, who was equal to everything thrown at him.

The draw leaves St Etienne fourth in the table, one point behind the top three and Champions League qualifying places, while Bordeaux ground out their third successive draw in Ligue 1.

The hosts, unbeaten in 10 league matches, endured a nervy start at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped settle the side after 23 minutes when he raced on to a through-ball from Josuha Guilavogui only to lose out in a duel with Carrasso.

Aubameyang came even closer to scoring on the half-hour but this time put his cross-shot inches past the post after being teed up by Romain Hamouma.

St Etienne continued to push forward in numbers and Hamouma was the next to try his luck, holding off two defenders before smashing a 20-yard drive which was palmed away by Carrasso.

And a corner from Fabien Lemoine soon after almost left Henri Saivet red-faced, with the Bordeaux forward's attempted clearance hitting the bar before the danger was averted.

The home side picked up where they had left off after the interval and Hamouma freed Guilavogui, who unleashed a first-time strike which was on course for the top corner until Carrasso's intervention.

The Girondins keeper was in inspired form and came to the fore again after 58 minutes to turn away a header from Brandao.

Bordeaux had done all of the defending so far but they gave their opponents an almighty scare in the 74th minute when Jaroslav Plasil delivered a great ball to Julien Faubert, whose right-footed strike dipped just over the goal.

Time was running out for ASSE to get the points they needed to move up to third, but a frustrating evening was summed up when Aubameyang's angled drive hit the side-netting.

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Table

French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 26 54
2 Paris St Germain 26 52
3 Marseille 27 50
4 Monaco 25 43
5 St Etienne 26 42
6 Bordeaux 26 41
7 Montpellier 25 39
8 Guingamp 26 35
9 Caen 27 34
10 Nice 26 34
11 Bastia 26 33
12 Nantes 26 33
13 Lille 26 32
14 Rennes 26 32
15 Reims 26 31
16 Lorient 25 28
17 Toulouse 26 28
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 25 26
19 RC Lens 26 22
20 Metz 26 22