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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 38 83
2 Lyon 38 75
3 Monaco 38 71
4 Marseille 38 69
5 St Etienne 38 69
6 Bordeaux 38 63
7 Montpellier 38 56
8 Lille 38 56
9 Rennes 38 50
10 Guingamp 38 49
11 Nice 38 48
12 Bastia 38 47
13 Caen 38 46
14 Nantes 38 45
15 Reims 38 44
16 Lorient 38 43
17 Toulouse 38 42
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 38 37
19 Metz 38 30
20 RC Lens 38 29