Hexagoal Ligue 1 Trophy

Bordeaux boss stalemate with Guingamp

Publish on 20/02/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS


Bordeaux dominated possession and hit the cross-bar in a late push, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 0-0 draw with Guingamp, for whom Nolan Roux missed a gilt-edged chance to put the league's bottom club in front.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Girondins de Bordeaux 0 - 0 EA Guingamp 

Bordeaux came close to clinching this rescheduled Week 23 clash at home to bottom club Guingamp on Wednesday night, but Jules Koundé's superb angled header from a Toma Basic corner crashed back off the bar (74') and the points ended up being shared.

As predicted by Guingamp boss Jocelyn Gourvennec, it was an open and hard-fought match, with Bordeaux hogging the ball (66% possession) and out-passing a tenacious Guingamp 475 to 210. However, it was the visitors, who last won in the league back in mid-January (2-1 over Rennes), who threatened first as Nicolas Benezet skinned Otavio and fired a snap-shot. Vukasin Jovanovic got a foot to it, putting the pressure on Benoît Costil, but the France 'keeper managed to tip it wide of the post (28').

Yann Karamoh fired over for Bordeaux a minute later and then Nolan Roux missed an absolute sitter just after the break, with Les Girondins' top scorer François Kamano providing the last flash-point of the match as he latched onto a cross from the excellent Basic, but the resulting shot was straight down the pipe to Marc-Aurèle Caillard. The draw sees Bordeaux and Guingamp remain in 13th and 20th places respectively.

THE PLAYER: Nolan Roux
The journeyman striker had a gilt-edged chance to hand Guingamp an unlikely lead minutes into the second half, but even with the ball sitting unattended on the six-metre line after Benoît Costil had stopped Jovanovic's wayward ball with an outstretched foot, Roux couldn't get his tackled effort on target. It was the perfect opportunity for the 30-year-old - who bagged 15 in Ligue 1 Conforama for Metz last season - to get his third of the campaign in just his 11th start.

Although Gourvennec would doubtless have preferred all three points, the single point from the draw is nothing to be sneezed at, as it reduces Guingamp's deficit behind 18th-placed SM Caen to four points with 13 matches left to play. Seventeenth place - and safety - is six points away and Guingamp now have a run of three matches against teams in the lower reaches of the table in which to make up some ground.