Bordeaux too strong for Brest
Jean Tigana and Bordeaux put a difficult week behind them with a 3-1 win at Brest that takes Les Girondins up to seventh in the table.
Sunday, 6 March
Stade Brestois 29 1-3 Girondins de Bordeaux
Despite seeing his side claim a first win in four by getting the better of Auxerre last Saturday, Tigana offered his resignation to the Bordeaux board during the week. However, club president Jean-Louis Triaud refused to accept the offer, and this latest win suggests that he was right to stand by the embattled coach.
Bordeaux had not won any of their last six away games, and with Brest proving a tough nut to crack at their Stade Francis Le-Ble this season, the 2009 champions appeared set for an awkward afternoon in Brittany.
Worth the wait
Apart from an early Anthony Modeste strike that Brest goalkeeper Steeve Elana saved with his feet, the first 45 minutes were quiet. However, the visitors got the breakthrough just four minutes after half-time, and the goal was well worth the wait. Elana was helpless to stop Wendel’s beautifully struck free-kick from nestling in the top corner of his net.
The hosts were then left with an uphill struggle as Bordeaux doubled their lead midway through the second period. Modeste flicked the ball on for Jaroslav Plasil, and the Czech international got away from Paul Baysse before finishing past Elana.
Brest did react, and Benoît Lesoimier set up Romain Poyet, only for the latter to see his effort well saved by Cédric Carrasso, who was making his return in the Bordeaux goal after sitting out last week’s defeat of Auxerre through suspension.
Good day at the office
With time running out, the home side were then given hope when Brahim Ferradj fired past Carrasso for his first Ligue 1 goal, but Les Girondins made absolutely sure of the points in injury time when Ferradj’s attempted clearance fell to Cheick Diabaté, and the substitute made no mistake for what was his first-ever goal in the French top flight.
Bordeaux leapfrog their victims up into seventh place, and with Marc Planus completing ninety minutes for the first time this season after an injury-ravaged few months, it was an all-too-rare good day at the office for Tigana and co. Brest,