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Stadium Municipal 7th February 2014 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: A Gautier

Toulouse Toulouse vs St Etienne St Etienne

Toulouse held by Les Verts

Last Updated: 08/02/14 8:24pm

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Akpro vies for the ball with Jonathan Brison

Akpro vies for the ball with Jonathan Brison

St Etienne edged into Ligue 1's top three with the point earned from a goalless draw at Toulouse but might feel they deserved all three at the Stadium Municipal.

Les Verts had won five of their previous seven games and knew any positive result in Toulouse would be enough to bring them level on points with Lille - who host Sochaux on Saturday - and above them in the table on goal difference.

While mid-table Toulouse did carve out a few decent chances to score, Franck Tabanou came closest to firing a winner for the visitors when hitting a post shortly before the hour mark.

Francois Clerc set up Benoit Tremoulinas to curl an effort just past the Toulouse goal after 19 minutes, with the hosts biting back on 32 minutes as Stephane Ruffier got down to block Martin Braithwaite's snapshot.

ASSE midfielder Benjamin Corgnet then spooned the ball over the bar by inches and, on the stroke of half-time, Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro tried his luck from distance. His drive sailed past the home goal and scores remained level.

Tabanou emerged as the dangerman when play resumed, his shot on the run from Renaud Cohade's pass giving Zacharie Boucher food for thought.

The Toulouse goalkeeper was left rooted to the spot in the 56th minute as Tabanou seized on Mevlut Erding's cross to slam a right-footed volley against a post.

Le Tefece looked to hurt St Etienne while their heads were dropped but Ruffier put Oscar Trejo's low drive out for a corner.

The last real chance of the game arrived in the 68th minute as Erding gathered Jonathan Brison's cross from deep, only to whip his finish wide of the target.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 35 74
2 Lyon 35 71
3 Monaco 35 65
4 Marseille 35 60
5 St Etienne 35 60
6 Bordeaux 35 56
7 Montpellier 35 53
8 Lille 35 53
9 Rennes 35 50
10 Guingamp 35 46
11 Nantes 35 44
12 Bastia 35 43
13 Nice 35 42
14 Caen 35 39
15 Lorient 35 39
16 Toulouse 35 39
17 Reims 35 38
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 35 37
19 Metz 35 30
20 RC Lens 35 26