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.