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Stade Louis II (ATT 1) 23rd August 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: P Kalt

Monaco Monaco vs Toulouse Toulouse

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Monaco held by Toulouse

Last Updated: 23/08/13 10:34pm

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Monaco's Falcao vies with Toulouse's Uros Spajic

Monaco's Falcao vies with Toulouse's Uros Spajic

Monaco's 100 per cent start to the season came to a disappointing end when Claudio Ranieri's men were held to a goalless draw at home to Toulouse.

The hosts were forced to play the game behind closed doors after last season's match against Le Mans was marred by crowd trouble and the hosts struggled to break down Le Tefece in an empty Stade Louis II.

A solitary point was enough to take the principality club a point clear at the top of Ligue 1 but with rivals Lyon, Marseille and St Etienne all still to play over the course of the weekend, that lead could prove to be short-lived.

Toulouse's disappointing start to the season continued as Alain Casanova's men remain winless in their first three games, but the visitors' boss will take heart from a point gained.

Monaco began the game well and last week's hat-trick hero Emannuel Riviere could have had a brace in the opening 20 minutes.

Playing against his former club, the 23-year-old striker was presented with a great opportunity to open the scoring but dragged his shot wide of the post with only Ali Ahamada to beat.

Moments later another opportunity fell Riviere's way and this time the Frenchman found the target but Ahamada was equal to it on his own goal-line.

Monaco continued to press and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco should have scored when Ahamada parried a cross into his path, but the Belgian fired over the bar from close range.

With half-time approaching Toulouse began to apply some pressure and an opportunity fell to Oscar Trejo just inside the area, but the Argentinian striker failed to find the target from a promising position.

Chances for both teams were few and far between in the second half but late on the game sprang back into life as the hosts went close on a couple of occasions, with substitute James Rodriguez a lively presence.

Radamel Falcao fired a free-kick straight at Ahamada before Jeremy Toulalan was unlucky to see a 30-yard rocket cannon back off the crossbar.

Toulouse's Serge Aurier had a chance to win it deep into stoppage time but Danijel Subasic saved bravely at his feet and both sides were made to settle for the draw.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 79
2 Monaco 33 69
3 Lille 33 63
4 St Etienne 33 56
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 33 51
7 Bordeaux 33 45
8 Reims 33 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Lorient 33 41
11 Bastia 33 41
12 Nantes 33 40
13 Nice 33 39
14 Rennes 33 38
15 Montpellier 33 38
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 33 35
18 Sochaux 33 30
19 Valenciennes 33 29
20 AC Ajaccio 33 20