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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 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15