Bordeaux maul Montpellier
Girondins de Bordeaux's ambitions of finishing in the top five were given a major boost with their 5-1 win over Montpellier Hérault SC on Saturday.
Girondins de Bordeaux 5-1 Montpellier Hérault SC
In excellent form since the turn of the year, Bordeaux had endured a recent dip, failing to win either of their previous two games before kick-off, but Jocelyn Gourvennec's men roared back to their best with François Kamano's early curling effort setting the tone for a night they would spend on the front foot (7').
They opened the scoring on 25 minutes through Diego Rolan. The Uruguay international latched onto a long ball forward from Diego Contento, reaching it before Montpellier goalkeeper Laurent Pionnier could to claim his ninth league goal of the season.
Though Ryad Boudebouz prompted promisingly and on-loan Paris Saint-Germain youngster Jonathan Ikone came close to levelling (27'), Bordeaux were only rarely out of control.
Younousse Sankharé's first league goal for the club since his January move from LOSC Lille doubled their advantage (30'), and just two minutes later, Valentin Vada tucked away a penalty after Vitorino Hilton had been punished for handball (32').
It took a smart Pionnier save to deny Malcom before the break (38'), and the tide might have turned when handball in the Bordeaux box allowed Boudebouz to beat Cédric Carrasso from the spot early in the second half (47').
Good defending from Nicolas Pallois snuffed out a promising opening for Steve Mounié (60') and Jérôme Roussillon shot over before Rolan gave Bordeaux room for error, firing low into the far corner following Youssouf Sabaly's run and cross from the right.
A wayward pass from Nordi Mukiele led to Daniel Congré leaping into an ill-advised challenge on Adam Ounas, leading to a red card for the Montpellier defender nine minutes from time.
Malcom added insult to injury in the final minute - firing into the empty net after Ounas had mesmerised the visiting defence to bring sixth-placed Bordeaux level on points with Olympique de Marseille just ahead of them and to within four of fourth-placed Olympique Lyonnais, who travel to Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.
THE PLAYER: Diego Rolan
Scored the all-important opening goal and struck again when his side needed it most to settle their nerves.
THE STAT: 1
This was the first time Gourvennec had beaten Montpellier as a coach in eight attempts (2 draws, 5 defeats).