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Apr 18, 2014 at 7.30pm UK at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
St EtienneSaint-Etienne
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Rennes
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Result: Saint-Etienne held to goalless draw by stubborn Rennes

Saint Etienne drop two precious points in their chase for Champions League qualification as midtable Rennes hold them to a goalless draw in Ligue 1 action.

Saint-Etienne dropped two crucial points in their pursuit of Champions League football as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Rennes at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

The midtable visitors did not register a shot on target during the entire 90 minutes but frustrated Saint-Etienne, who have drawn their last three games.

Saint-Etienne's French midfielder Romain Hamouma challenges Rennes' Tiemoue Bakayoko during the French L1 football match between Saint-Etienne and Rennes at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, central France, on April 18, 2014© Getty Images

Christophe Galtier's side were just as unthreatening as Rennes in the first half, with Benjamin Corgnet and Romain Hamouma firing wide from distance.

The hosts, who were fourth in Ligue 1 prior to kickoff, improved after the break in every area apart from their finishing as Mevlut Erding struck tamely at Rennes keeper Benoit Costil from close range.

Former Leeds United striker Max Gradel and Loic Perrin were both guilty of wasting good opportunities from inside 12 yards as Saint-Etienne failed to test Costil again until the 84th minute.

Benoit Tremoulinas's cross was directed perfectly at Hamouma, who could only head into Costil's arms.

There was one more chance for the hosts to snatch three points late on, but Moustapha Bayal Sall nodded wide after Tremoulinas had again whipped the ball into an excellent area.

The result leaves Saint-Etienne six points behind third-placed Lyon, while Rennes remain 13th in the table.

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