Looking for the perfect tonic ahead of their UEFA Champions League meeting with AS Roma on Wednesday, Bordeaux struggled to assert themselves early on and were punished in the 26th minute when Paulo Machado released Dimitri Payet on the right. The France Under-21 international dribbled his way past Diego Placente and buried a shot beyond goalkeeper Ulrich Ramé, forcing Laurent Blanc's men to mount a comeback, but even when they won a penalty for a Machado handball just before the break, Fernando Cavenaghi fired his spot-kick against the crossbar.
The Argentinian striker made up for that miss by heading in Yoann Gourcuff's free-kick to level the scores after 57 minutes. Now up to seventh, Bordeaux had several chances late on to gain a win which would have taken them higher but suffered a blow with 15 minutes left when Ramé was taken off with a suspected groin injury that could put him in doubt for the Roma visit. St-Etienne will cherish their point ahead of Thursday's UEFA Cup first round second-leg encounter with Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC. St-Etienne won the opener 2-1 in Israel.
Elsewhere, Toulouse made the most of Olympique de Marseille dropping points at Le Mans UC 72 yesterday to leap four places in the standings. Alain Casanova's men now lie five points behind leaders Olympique Lyonnais, courtesy of André-Pierre Gignac's last-minute strike from distance – his fourth goal of the season and Toulouse's sole effort on target during the game. Further back, in eighth, LOSC Lille Métropole are another team on the move after triumphing 2-0 at AS Monaco FC. Yohan Cabaye and Ludovic Obraniak made the difference in the second half and the visitors were only denied a more convincing win by goalkeeper Stéphane Ruffier.
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