Rivière clinches dramatic derby win for Toulouse
By S. Willis
Emmanuel Rivière marked his TFC debut with a late goal to clinch a 3-2 Garonne derby win over Bordeaux, who lost 'keeper Cédric Carrasso to a red card and capitulated in the second half despite having led 2-0 at the break.
After a first half roundly dominated by a seemingly lucid and in-control Bordeaux, it was the Girondins' game to lose, and lose it they did. Francis Gillot's men were almost unrecognisable in the second term, imprecise and uncertain defending allowing Franck Tabanou (53', pen) and then Etienne Capoue (59') to cancel out Cheick Diabaté's first-half brace.
Carrasso sees red
With the scores locked at 2-2, Bordeaux's France international 'keeper Cédric Carrasso blew a gasket and took Umut Bulut down with a rugby tackle after the Turkey striker had beaten him, earning a straight red card (75').
Although substitute 'keeper Abdoulaye Keita - making just his second appearance in three seasons - heroically saved Franck Tabanou's effort from the spot, he wasn't able to prevent his side from slumping to a loss with seconds to go as substitute Emmanuel Rivière marked his TFC debut in style.
Dream start for Rivière
The former Saint-Etienne striker, who only returned to full training on Monday, came on with 12 minutes remaining and made his cameo count, using his trademark pace and upper-body strength to race into the area, hold off his man and blast past Keita (90'+2).
The result keeps TFC's flying start to the season going, Alain Casanova's side guaranteed to remain among the top places at the end of the weekend, while for Bordeaux, it seems that coach Francis Gillot still has his work cut out for him trying to re-instil the mental toughness that was the side's trademark two seasons ago.