Bordeaux punish out-of-form Lyon
Yoan Gouffran got the only goal of the game as Girondins de Bordeaux won their fifth game in a row to see off Olympique Lyonnais at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.
Girondins de Bordeaux 1 - 0 Olympique Lyonnais
Lyon haven't had much to shout about after their recent visits to the south west of France having not won in the league, at the Stade Chaban-Delmas, since 2007, which in footballing terms is akin to ancient history. Throw in last week's defeat against Caen and Bordeaux's winning start to 2012, this game - the 100th between the two sides - was a tough one to call before kick-off.
Bordeaux coach Francis Gillot decided to start with two men in attack in the shape of Goffran and Nicolas Maurice-Belay. Despite this offensive intent and Lyon having Bafetimbi Gomis leading the line alongside the exciting 20-year old Alexandre Lacazette, chances were few and far between in the opening 45 minutes.
Michaël Ciani was just off target following a Ludovic Obraniak free kick just before the half-hour mark (28'). It looked as if the teams would cancel each other out in a first half which was dominated by the respective defences. The game, though, changed just before the break when Gouffran popped up to open the scoring at the back post after Bakary Koné had inadvertently flicked Obraniak's free kick his way (42').
Lyon introduce Lisandro
Following nearly an hour of play without a sniff at goal Lyon coach Remi Garde threw on strikers Lisandro and Jimmy Briand for Kim Källström and Lacazette respectively. But unfortunately for Les Gones it made little difference as Lyon looked a far cry from the side that hammered seven goals past Dinamo Zagreb, in early December, in the Champions League.
The visitors' desperation was summed up when Briand collapsed to the ground in the penalty box after the slightest of contact with Ciani - the referee, thankfully, wasn't fooled and play continued (59').
Indeed, the best chance of the second half fell to the hosts; captain Jaroslav Plasil's free-kick was certainly goalbound only for a magnificent reaction save from Hugo Lloris to keep it at 1-0 (73'). That is how it finished and Bordeaux climb a place to eigth, Les Girondins are now just a win away from joining a group of four teams including Lyon who are all vying for European places next season.
And for coach Gillot it was a moment to saviour, prior to Sunday he had lost ten matches against Lyon as a manager with just two draws to show for his efforts. So at last he can celebrate a win after his 13th game against OL, who said it was an unlucky number?