Kenny Lala scored with the last kick of the game as in-form RC Strasbourg Alsace snatched a 1-0 win over Girondins de Bordeaux at the Stade de la Meinau on Saturday.
RC Strasbourg Alsace 1 - 0 Girondins de Bordeaux
This was the first of two meetings between these clubs in five days, with Bordeaux also due to travel to Alsace in the semi-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday. Both clubs came into this double-header in good shape, with Les Girondins looking for a third successive Ligue 1 Conforama victory, and their hosts seeking to make it four in a row.
Much changed from the side that went down to defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de France in midweek, Strasbourg came close to taking an early lead through Adrien Thomasson, whose strike whistled just past the post (12'). However, neither side managed a shot on target in the first half, and chances were few and far between after the restart too.
The game finally came to life inside the closing 10 minutes, when Bordeaux 'keeper Benoît Costil intervened to deny Lebo Mothiba (83') before Matz Sels produced a terrific stop from François Kamano at the other end moments later.
This encounter was heading for a goalless conclusion before Lala popped up in stoppage time with a stunning winning goal. Pablo Martinez sent a hopeful cross in from the left towards the edge of the area, and the ball bounced over the head of Kamano before falling for Lala, who took a touch and lashed a shot on the half-volley past Costil and into the far corner.
That was literally the last action of the game, and the hosts were able to celebrate their fourth consecutive league win, something they had not managed in the top flight since the autumn of 1996. They hold onto fifth place in the table and are now seven points better off than Bordeaux, who will look to exact revenge when they return in the Coupe de la Ligue semis.
THE PLAYER: Kenny Lala
What a season Lala is having. The Parisian right-back recently extended his contract at the Stade de la Meinau until 2021, which was great news for Strasbourg fans. Lala has been simply outstanding in this campaign, and was the most decisive defender in any of Europe's big five leagues coming into the weekend. He has seven assists to his name, and his winner here was his fourth goal of the season.
THE STAT: 100
This was the 100th meeting of Strasbourg and Bordeaux in all competitions, with Strasbourg claiming their 26th win. Bordeaux have won 39, while the remaining 35 meetings have ended in draws.