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  • Updated: March 12, 2022

Ligue 1: Lille Fire Blank Against Resurgent Saint-Etienne

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Oladimeji Balogun
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Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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Ligue 1 champions Lille were held to a goalless draw at home against a resurgent Saint-Etienne on Friday as they face a daunting task to offset a 2-0 deficit against holders Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The reigning French champions also suffered a blow with the exit of Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches with a left thigh injury midway through the first half.

Lacking ideas, the northerners never managed to worry Saint Etienne goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni at their Pierre-Mauroy Stadium where they host Chelsea in the last 16, the second leg next Wednesday.

Lille missed the chance to move up to fifth and into the European berths, and are sixth, just one point ahead of Nantes who travel to Troyes on Saturday.

Saint Etienne, meanwhile, grabbed a precious point in their fight against relegation, moving into 16th place, two points ahead of Lorient, who travel to Clermont on Sunday.

Lille striker Hatem Ben Arfa failed to fire for the hosts as Pascal Dupraz's players posed problems for the defence.

The hosts proved wasteful with Mehmet Celik hitting the post before the break.

Amadou Onana, who replaced Sanches, failed to make the most of a scoring chance after the interval after Jonathan David launched a quick counter-attack with the Belgian midfielder missing a header off a perfect Gabriel Gudmundsson cross.

Lille had only two shots on target throughout the game, enough to worry Jocelyn Gourvennec before next week's clash against Chelsea.

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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Ligue 1 2021/2022 TABLE

Ligue 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Paris Saint-Germain 38 86
2 Olympique Marseille 38 71
3 AS Monaco 38 69
4 Stade Rennais 38 66
5 Nice 38 66
Full Table

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Lille OSC
Lille OSC

Lille Olympique Sporting Club commonly called LOSC also referred to as LOSC Lille, Lille OSC, or simply Lille is a French profession...

Saint-Etienne
Saint-Etienne

Association Sportive de Saint-Étienne Loire commonly known as AS Saint-Étienne, ASSE or simply Saint-Étienne is a French professi...

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