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Maja off mark but Bordeaux beaten at Nîmes

Publish on 20/04/2019 at 00h00 - S. WILLIS

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Captain Renaud Ripart scored the winner as Nîmes Olympique came from behind to beat Girondins de Bordeaux 2-1 at the Stade des Costières.

Nîmes Olympique  2 - 1  Girondins de Bordeaux 

THE MATCH

It looked like Bordeaux might claim a first away win since mid-January when young English forward Josh Maja claimed his first Ligue 1 Conforama goal since signing from Sunderland at the start of 2019. Maja was on hand at the near post to meet Youssouf Sabaly's cross from the left in the 13th minute and beat on-loan Bordeaux goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni to give the visitors the lead here.

However, the Crocodiles were quickly back on level terms as Jules Koundé was penalised for handball in the box and Téji Savanier converted the resulting penalty kick with a chipped 'panenka' from 12 yards (16').

Bordeaux's luck was out after that, with Nicolas De Préville smashing a free-kick from long range off the post and Otávio hitting the post with a first-time effort from the edge of the area after being teed up by François Kamano, both before half-time.

Instead, the hosts went on to win the game in the second half, with Savanier's corner from the right being headed in by skipper Ripart at the near post in the 63rd minute, as Bernard Blaquart's side made it five wins and two draws from their last seven home games.

They are up to ninth, while Paulo Sousa's Bordeaux continue to languish in the bottom half of the table with just one win in their last nine matches.

THE PLAYER: Josh Maja

The young Englishman will remember this game after he scored his first goal since signing for Bordeaux from Sunderland in January, but he was then forced off injured just before half-time, with Jimmy Briand taking his place.

THE STAT: 5

After scoring one goal here and setting up another, Téji Savanier has now been directly involved in five of the last six goals scored by Nîmes. He has scored two of those, and set up three more.