Bordeaux cruise into League Cup final
Late goals from Souleymane Diawara and Geraldo Wendel to add to David Bellion's first-half strike put the icing on the cake as Bordeaux cruised past Paris Saint-Germain in Wednesday's League Cup semi-final at the Parc des Princes.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Paris Saint-Germain / FC Girondins de Bordeaux : 0 - 3
Defending champions PSG were looking for revenge for their 4-0 humbling at the hands of Les Girondins in Week 20 of Ligue 1 last month and the capital club made a bright start to their home clash.
Landreau no chance
However Paul Le Guen side, without captain Claude Makelele, was rocked in the 17th minute with a superb goal to Bordeaux's David Bellion who connected to Franck Jurietti's cross from the right with a powerful downward header that gave Mickaël Landreau no chance in the Parisian goal.
PSG pushed for an equaliser before the half-time break, however Mathieu Valverde, substituting for Ulrich Ramé in the Bordeaux goal denied Mateja Kezman a one-on-one chance on the half-hour.
The home side enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the second-half but were kept at arm's length by an excellent defensive display from Marc Planus and Diawara. And with time running out, the two combined to cap excellent individual performances with a clinically taken counterattacking goal - running 80 metres as Bordeaux broke from defending a corner, Planus delivered a telling cross which Diawara met first time from the edge of the area with a deftly cushioned lob which left Landreau no chance.
And Wendel added a third in the final minute of the match as he was released by compatriot Fernando, squeezeing the ball past the hapless Landreau in the PSG goal as Les Girondins return to the Stade de France on March 29 where they will meet Ligue 2 surprise packet Vannes in the League Cup final.