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Geoffroy-Guichard (ATT 26,481) 17th August 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: R Buquet

St Etienne St Etienne vs Guingamp Guingamp

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F Lemoine (52)


St Etienne remain perfect

Last Updated: 17/08/13 10:07pm

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Fabien Lemoine is congratulated by Brandao

Fabien Lemoine is congratulated by Brandao

St Etienne are one of three Ligue 1 sides with a 100 per cent record after a 1-0 victory over Guingamp on Saturday evening.

Les Verts sit behind Lyon and Marseille on goal difference, with Fabien Lemoine's second-half goal enough for a narrow win.

Newly-promoted Guingamp got off to a terrible start last weekend when they conceded three goals against Marseille inside 16 minutes.

St Etienne had the better of the first half today but could not make the early breakthrough they were looking for.

In the 13th minute Francois Clerc broke down the right and crossed for Brandao on the penalty spot but his header flew just over the bar.

Twenty minutes later the hosts went close again as Clerc got on the end of Romain Hamouma's free-kick but volleyed past the post.

St Etienne could not find the target and it was the same story with their final chance of the half as Renaud Cohade struck a volley over the top.

It seemed just a matter of time, though, and the goal came seven minutes after half-time.

Lemoine and Brandao exchanged passes outside the penalty area and the striker caught the ball perfectly with a blistering volley into the top corner.

Guingamp had not threatened at all but they went in search of an equaliser and Claudio Beauvue's 25-yard free-kick drew a fine save from Stephane Ruffier on the hour mark.

It was the same pair involved two minutes later, this time an overhead kick from Beauvue kept out by Ruffier at full stretch.

Guingamp's final chance came right at the end, Christophe Kerbrat crossing for Martins Pereira to volley just over the bar as their search for a first point continued.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 35 71
2 Paris St Germain 34 71
3 Monaco 34 62
4 Marseille 35 60
5 St Etienne 35 60
6 Bordeaux 35 56
7 Montpellier 35 53
8 Lille 34 50
9 Rennes 35 50
10 Guingamp 35 46
11 Nantes 34 44
12 Bastia 35 43
13 Nice 35 42
14 Caen 35 39
15 Lorient 35 39
16 Toulouse 34 39
17 Reims 35 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 35 37
19 Metz 35 30
20 RC Lens 34 26