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Du Roudourou (ATT 13,261) 9th November 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: T Chapron

Guingamp Guingamp vs Lille Lille

Guingamp 0

L Mathis (S/O 80)


Lille 0

Lille denied by Guingamp

Last Updated: 09/11/13 9:52pm

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Lionel Mathis vies with Lille's midfielder Soualiho Meite

Lionel Mathis vies with Lille's midfielder Soualiho Meite

Lille saw their four-match winning run brought to an end on Saturday evening with a goalless draw at Guingamp which was played out amid torrential downpours.

The inclement weather meant chances were few and far between at the Stade du Roudourou, while the visitors were unable to capitalise on the dismissal of Lionel Mathis 10 minutes from time with conditions deteriorating.

Despite the draw, Lille remain unbeaten in eight Ligue 1 matches and they climb back up to second, although they now have four points to make up on leaders Paris St Germain, who beat Nice earlier in the day.

The heavy rain in Brittany meant it was always going to be difficult for either side to gain a foothold in the match.

Guingamp gave it their best shot, though, and Fatih Atik released Thibault Giresse with a neat lay-off after 10 minutes which the midfielder fired narrowly wide from 20 yards.

The home side threatened again after 20 minutes, Atik again at the centre of the action as he raced on to a ball from Mustapha Yatabare before volleying past the post.

Lille were almost gifted the opener on the half-hour when a poor clearance fell kindly for Jonathan Delaplace, whose fierce strike was pushed away by goalkeeper Guy Ndy Assembe.

Salomon Kalou then turned the resulting corner past the post from close range.

Assembe came to the rescue again after 59 minutes, getting a hand to a Franck Beria strike which appeared on course for the top corner.

Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama then made his first save of the match three minutes later, blocking Atik's latest attempt to break the deadlock.

There was some late drama with Mathis shown his second yellow card, but a soggy pitch denied Lille the opportunity to make their advantage count.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 38 89
2 Monaco 38 80
3 Lille 38 71
4 St Etienne 38 69
5 Lyon 38 61
6 Marseille 38 60
7 Bordeaux 38 53
8 Lorient 38 49
9 Toulouse 38 49
10 Bastia 38 49
11 Reims 38 48
12 Rennes 38 46
13 Nantes 38 46
14 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 44
15 Montpellier 38 42
16 Guingamp 38 42
17 Nice 38 42
18 Sochaux 38 40
19 Valenciennes 38 29
20 AC Ajaccio 38 23