A Wendel hat-trick blasts PSG away as Bordeaux hang on to the heels of Lyon at the top of Ligue 1.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Stade Chaban Delmas
Wendel 33, 49, 51
Bordeaux closed the gap on leaders Lyon with a comfortable win over PSG courtesy of a hat-trick from the Brazilian Wendel.
Fresh from qualifying for the League Cup final and with the league's second-best away record, PSG were expected to test Bordeaux's title credentials but instead les Girondins swept aside the capital club along with the doubters who expressed concern with their championship aspirations after last weekend's 0-0 draw with Lille.
Wendel's goals came in a 21 minute spell either side of half-time with PSG unable to formulate a suitable response.
The home side started slowly but soon had PSG's goal in their sights with Fernando Cavenaghi shooting into Mickael Landreau's side-netting.
The chance served as a warning to the visitors and less than two minutes later Wendel opened his account with a fine shot Landreau could do nothing about.
Two weekends ago Bordeaux scored six without reply in the second-half against Monaco and a similar rout seemed on the cards when within three minutes of the restart Wendel made it 2-0 with a smart volley which crept in off the post.
Three minutes later and it was three with the 25-year-old powering a header past the stranded Landreau.
Ramé saved well at the other end to prevent PSG from grabbing a consolation but Bordeaux always looked like ending up with another two or three. Cavenaghi missed a chance for his team's fourth before the referee blew his final whistle and ended PSG's misery.
The defeat leaves the capital club bordering on the 'zone rouge', a position which they have occupied for much of the season. Ahead of Toulouse by two points and Sochaux by three Paul Le Guen's side are well aware of the importance of the month ahead. A League Cup win would alleviate some of the pressure on the former Lyon and Glasgow Rangers boss but Ligue 1 survival remains a trophy in its own right.
By contrast, Bordeaux go from strength to strength and with a visit to the Stade Gerland next weekend, Laurent Blanc will know that a win at the champions will blow the title race wide open