François Kamano's penalty proved crucial as Girondins de Bordeaux beat Dijon FCO 3-1 at the Matmut Atlantique to continue their impressive recent run.
Girondins de Bordeaux 3 - 1 Dijon FCO
Gustavo Poyet's side had pushed champions Paris Saint-Germain close last weekend and they were looking to build on that here against a Dijon side who have often struggled on their travels this season. And the home side went in front in the 26th minute, Younousse Sankharé converting the loose ball after Baptiste Reynet had turned away a Kamano shot.
Dijon might have levelled just before the break, Korean star Kwon Chang-Hoon trying to catch out Bordeaux goalkeeper Benoît Costil with a lob that grazed the post on its way past. Nevertheless, the Burgundy side did draw level shortly after half-time, Naim Sliti scoring from the penalty spot after the Tunisian had been fouled in the area by Sankharé (54').
However, Bordeaux restored their lead from a penalty of their own, Kamano scoring it after the Guinean winger had been brought down in the box by a clumsy Papy Djilobodji challenge (72').
Rosier all out of luck
There was more than a touch of luck about the goal that put the game beyond the visitors, with Reynet punching a corner off his own player in Valentin Rosier, the ball ricocheting into the net for an own-goal (80').
That is three wins in four outings now for Les Girondins, the exception being that narrow loss to PSG, although their sequence will almost certainly come too late for them to snatch a European place. Dijon's hopes of a top-half finish take a hit.
THE PLAYER: François Kamano
He has too often been overshadowed by Malcom this season. The Brazilian is a nominee for young player of the year in France but Kamano was the chief architect of this Bordeaux victory, setting up Sankharé's opener and then scoring the penalty that he himself had won for his seventh of the season and his fourth in four games.
THE STAT: 14
Dijon have now conceded 14 penalties this season. Coming into this weekend, they had already given away five more spot-kicks than any other Ligue 1 Conforama side.