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Auguste Delaune (ATT 15,304) 31st August 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Bartolomeu Varela

Reims Reims vs Nantes Nantes

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Reims miss chance

Last Updated: 31/08/13 9:50pm

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Hubert Fournier's Reims drew 0-0.

Hubert Fournier's Reims drew 0-0.

Reims missed the chance to go level on points with Ligue 1 leaders Marseille after they played out a goalless draw with Nantes.

Hubert Fournier's side have made a fine start to the season and started the match in fifth with six points from three games including a win against Lyon last weekend.

Nantes, by contrast, had recorded just one win from their three matches so far, on the first day of the season against Bastia.

However, it was the visitors who had the best of the first half and were superior in terms of attack.

Vincent Bessat collected the ball inside the Reims area and unleashed a snap shot which forced goalkeeper Kossi Agassa to go down for a fine save.

Bessat was heavily involved in Reims' attacks and minutes later he was freed at the left angle of the area by Jordan Veretout and his low shot went inches wide.

The pair linked up again and from Veretout's ball, Bessat fired from the edge of the area with Agassa blocking the ball.

Reims finally had an attack of note on the stroke of half-time. Anthony Weber found Aissa Mandi near the penalty area only for his shot be deflected away by goalkeeper Riou.

Again it was Nantes who were superior after the break and they came within inches of breaking the deadlock midway through the second half when Filip Djordjevic headed Gabriel Cichero's cross on to the post.

Bessat then put the keeper under pressure when his 30-yard free-kick forced Riou to punch clear.

That was the end of Nantes as an attacking force with Reims then coming closest, Antoine Devaux's 20-yard shot going inches wide.

The draw meant Reims fifth with seven points, two off leaders Marseille, while Nantes are 11th, three points behind today's opponents.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 34 68
2 Paris St Germain 33 68
3 Monaco 34 62
4 St Etienne 34 60
5 Marseille 34 57
6 Bordeaux 34 55
7 Montpellier 34 52
8 Lille 34 50
9 Rennes 34 49
10 Nantes 34 44
11 Guingamp 34 43
12 Nice 34 41
13 Bastia 34 40
14 Toulouse 34 39
15 Caen 34 38
16 Lorient 34 38
17 Reims 34 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 34 37
19 Metz 33 30
20 RC Lens 34 26