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Du Roudourou (ATT 13,539) 11th January 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Stephane Jochem

Guingamp Guingamp vs St Etienne St Etienne

Guingamp struggling for goals

Last Updated: 11/01/14 9:52pm

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Goal-shy Guingamp played out a goalless Ligue 1 stalemate with a below-par St Etienne on Saturday night.

Fourth-placed St Etienne came into the contest on the back of three straight league wins but were unable to break down a Guingamp side who are always tough opponents on home soil.

Although a point against one of the league's form sides will be welcomed, the hosts will be worried at drawing yet another blank in front of goal - their fourth in the last five Ligue 1 outings.

St Etienne shaded a cagey first half, first threatening after 11 minutes when Fabien Lemoine released Max Gradel who beat two men before drilling a shot against Guy N'dy Assembe.

The visitors went close again on 28 minutes, Benjamin Corgnet finding Mevlut Erding who turned his man before firing just wide from 20 yards.

And Gradel was again threatening in the 32nd minute, N'dy Assembe again to the rescue to keep out his first-time drive.

Guingamp moved up a gear in the second half and carved out an early chance when Steeven Langil fired in an effort from the left that Stephane Ruffier was able to gather.

With 55 minutes on the clock Langil worked space again, this time crashing in an effort from the edge of the box that Ruffier was equal to once more.

Ruffier was called on to deny Claudio Beauvue just before the hour, while Gradel had St Etienne's final chance with a shot from distance that never looked like troubling N'dy Assembe.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 32 65
2 Lyon 32 64
3 Monaco 33 59
4 Marseille 33 57
5 St Etienne 32 56
6 Bordeaux 32 54
7 Montpellier 32 49
8 Lille 32 47
9 Rennes 33 46
10 Nantes 33 43
11 Nice 33 41
12 Guingamp 33 40
13 Caen 32 38
14 Reims 33 38
15 Toulouse 33 38
16 Bastia 33 37
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 37
18 Lorient 33 35
19 Metz 32 29
20 RC Lens 33 26