Home comforts for Bordeaux

Bordeaux extended their unbeaten record at the Stade Chaban

Delmas to 26 Ligue 1 matches after a 0-0 draw with St Etienne.

But the draw did not do much to advance either side’s hopes of a

top three spot.

Both teams had the chance to move within two points of the

Champions League places with victory although the closest either

side came to scoring was when Faouzi Ghoulam’s long-range strike

came back off the bar.

Les Girondins’ failure to find the net was their first time they

had not scored at home since September 2011.

Yet despite their enviable record at the Chaban Delmas the hosts

were firmly on the back foot in the first half as St Etienne looked

to make amends for losing at home to league leaders Lyon on


Romain Hamouma’s strike from just outside the area was deflected

away by Ludovic Sane but the midfielder should have done better

when his close-range effort from Josuha Guilavogui’s through ball

was marvellously tipped away by Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric


The visitors continued to attack and after Bordeaux had

insufficiently failed to clear their lines, Ghoulam’s piledriver

from 25 yards came rattling off the crossbar, while after the

interval, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s low effort produced another

fine save from Carrasso.

Opposite number Stephane Ruffier had to be alert to stop Yoan

Gouffran’s volley from Gregory Sertic’s free-kick as Bordeaux

attempted to gain a foothold in the match.

There was little urgency in the closing stages although Bordeaux

nearly grabbed a late winner, with Ruffier having to block

Brazilian Jussie’s first-time attempt from the edge of the box as

the spoils were shared.