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Football: Gourcuff’s Magic For Bordeaux Heats Up Title Battle

Posted on: January 12, 2009

PARIS: Magical Yoann Gourcuff led Bordeaux to a 4-0 thrashing of Paris Saint Germain on Sunday night to open their 2009 league programme on a high and give warning to French league leaders Lyon.

Bordeaux now lie just one point behind the seven-time reigning champions after controlling a match which was peppered with classy goals to inflict PSG’s first defeat since losing to Rennes at the end of November.

“We are happy to be a point behind Lyon but I would prefer we were on top,” said Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc.

“It’s been said, perhaps fairly, that Bordeaux don’t play well against the big teams but tonight we showed that was not the case. To beat a big team in the manner that we did, scoring great goals but defending well too shows what we are capable of.”

First off was Souleymane Diawara who got on the end of a Gourcuff freekick on the left after 10 minutes to glance home a header into the top right hand corner leaving PSG keeper Mickael Landreau no chance.

Blanc’s men, exuding confidence, mustered another touch of excellence when Fernando Cavenaghi beat defender Zoumana Camara to a Mathieu Chalme long ball to fire home left-footed inside Landreau’s right hand post in the 35th minute.

Bordeaux’s impressive performance for their fourth consecutive league victory stood in contrast to their 1-0 home defeat to St Etienne in the French Cup last weekend.

From then on, it was all Bordeaux who rounded off the scoring in the 70th and 87th minutes through Gourcuff and Fernando though PSG’s Stephane Sessegnon had hit the post midway through the second half.

Bordeaux’s match played in cold but not freezing conditions contrasted with Saturday’s action which saw two matches cancelled because of the wintry weather.

Marseille president Pape Diouf had even wanted his match at Auxerre postponed just before kick-off, making his views clear in front of television cameras, but was surely appeased when Mamadou Samassa and Mathieu Valbuena scored either side of the break for a 2-0 victory.

Before the match, Diouf told Auxerre president Jean-Claude Hamel that he did not want to play on a frozen pitch.

“You can’t play on this pitch. If you want the three points, I give them to you,” Diouf told Hamel in front of TV cameras.

Nancy versus Nice and Le Mans against Lille were called off on Saturday while Valenciennes versus Caen was postponed on Friday following a week-long controversy over the kick-off times of 2000GMT on a weekend where temperatures plunged below freezing.

Six fixtures were played on Saturday however and leaders Lyon maintained their lead following a 1-1 draw at home to Lorient, with Honorato Ederson scoring an early goal for the champions though Fabrice Abriel equalised minutes before the break.

Moussa Sow’s goal earned Rennes a 1-0 victory over Grenoble to propel them into provisional second spot before Bordeaux upstaged them to regain the position 24 hours later.

And Toulouse beat nine-man Le Havre 1-0, Nantes won 2-1 at Monaco and Sochaux had a 1-0 victory over St Etienne. – AFP/de

Channel News Asia

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Football: Gourcuff’s Magic For Bordeaux Heats Up Title Battle

Posted on: January 12, 2009

PARIS: Magical Yoann Gourcuff led Bordeaux to a 4-0 thrashing of Paris Saint Germain on Sunday night to open their 2009 league programme on a high and give warning to French league leaders Lyon.

Bordeaux now lie just one point behind the seven-time reigning champions after controlling a match which was peppered with classy goals to inflict PSG’s first defeat since losing to Rennes at the end of November.

“We are happy to be a point behind Lyon but I would prefer we were on top,” said Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc.

“It’s been said, perhaps fairly, that Bordeaux don’t play well against the big teams but tonight we showed that was not the case. To beat a big team in the manner that we did, scoring great goals but defending well too shows what we are capable of.”

First off was Souleymane Diawara who got on the end of a Gourcuff freekick on the left after 10 minutes to glance home a header into the top right hand corner leaving PSG keeper Mickael Landreau no chance.

Blanc’s men, exuding confidence, mustered another touch of excellence when Fernando Cavenaghi beat defender Zoumana Camara to a Mathieu Chalme long ball to fire home left-footed inside Landreau’s right hand post in the 35th minute.

Bordeaux’s impressive performance for their fourth consecutive league victory stood in contrast to their 1-0 home defeat to St Etienne in the French Cup last weekend.

From then on, it was all Bordeaux who rounded off the scoring in the 70th and 87th minutes through Gourcuff and Fernando though PSG’s Stephane Sessegnon had hit the post midway through the second half.

Bordeaux’s match played in cold but not freezing conditions contrasted with Saturday’s action which saw two matches cancelled because of the wintry weather.

Marseille president Pape Diouf had even wanted his match at Auxerre postponed just before kick-off, making his views clear in front of television cameras, but was surely appeased when Mamadou Samassa and Mathieu Valbuena scored either side of the break for a 2-0 victory.

Before the match, Diouf told Auxerre president Jean-Claude Hamel that he did not want to play on a frozen pitch.

“You can’t play on this pitch. If you want the three points, I give them to you,” Diouf told Hamel in front of TV cameras.

Nancy versus Nice and Le Mans against Lille were called off on Saturday while Valenciennes versus Caen was postponed on Friday following a week-long controversy over the kick-off times of 2000GMT on a weekend where temperatures plunged below freezing.

Six fixtures were played on Saturday however and leaders Lyon maintained their lead following a 1-1 draw at home to Lorient, with Honorato Ederson scoring an early goal for the champions though Fabrice Abriel equalised minutes before the break.

Moussa Sow’s goal earned Rennes a 1-0 victory over Grenoble to propel them into provisional second spot before Bordeaux upstaged them to regain the position 24 hours later.

And Toulouse beat nine-man Le Havre 1-0, Nantes won 2-1 at Monaco and Sochaux had a 1-0 victory over St Etienne. – AFP/de

Channel News Asia

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