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Geoffroy-Guichard 18th April 2014 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: Benoit Bastien

St Etienne St Etienne vs Rennes Rennes

St Etienne slip up

Last Updated: 18/04/14 10:47pm

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Loic Perrin makes a spectacular clearance

Loic Perrin makes a spectacular clearance

St Etienne's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were dealt a huge blow as they were held at home to a goalless draw by Rennes.

A draw for Les Verts - their third in a row - leaves them six points behind third-placed Lille who visit Marseille on Sunday evening.

Christophe Galtier's side dominated for large parts of the game but a lack of cutting edge in the final third proved to be their downfall as Rennes avoided defeat on the road for the third successive game.

There was little to shout about during the opening exchanges and Romain Hamouma's wayward header from Benoit Tremolinas' delivery after 13 minutes was the closest either side came to an early opener.

Nelson Oliveira cut a lonely figure for Rennes in attack as both sides struggled for quality in front of goal.

The hosts were asking questions of referee Benoit Bastien with nearly 25 minutes played when Max Gradel took a tumble inside the area under a Steven Moreira challenge but the man in charge rightfully waved away the claims.

Gradel had the best chance of the half just before the break but his shot from 12 yards was half-blocked by John Boye before Costil gratefully gathered in the Rennes goal.

The game began to show some signs of livening up shortly after the interval when a deflection dropped into Mevlut Erding's path but the Turkey international's weak effort from eight yards was turned away by Costil.

Rennes' first shot of the game came soon after but Romain Alessandrini's curling effort from the edge of the area cleared the crossbar as Stephane Ruffier remained untested in the St Etienne goal.

The hosts thought they had found the elusive opener just after the hour mark when Hamouma found the net with a header from another Tremolinas delivery, but the linesman's flag brought a premature end to the home celebrations.

Defenders Moustapha Bayal Sall and Loic Perrin both went close with headers as full time approached but in the end both sides settled for a point despite Les Verts' domination.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 19 41
2 Lyon 19 39
3 Paris St Germain 19 38
4 St Etienne 19 36
5 Monaco 19 32
6 Bordeaux 19 31
7 Nantes 19 30
8 Rennes 19 28
9 Reims 19 28
10 Montpellier 19 26
11 Nice 19 22
12 Guingamp 19 22
13 Lille 18 21
14 Toulouse 19 21
15 Lorient 19 20
16 RC Lens 19 19
17 Metz 19 19
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 18 19
19 Bastia 19 18
20 Caen 19 15

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