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Braithwaite brace inspires Bordeaux past Toulouse

Publish on 11/05/2018 at 00h00 - S. WILLIS

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Girondins Bordeaux picked up Derby de la Garonne bragging rights, with former Toulouse FC striker Martin Braithwaite scoring twice (38', 49') in a 4-2 win for Gus Poyet's side.

 Girondins de Bordeaux 4-2 Toulouse FC 

THE MATCH

François Kamano came close to opening the scoring for the hosts inside the first ten minutes, but he fluffed his lines after Lukas Lerager had put a chance on a plate for him (10'). At the other end, Max-Alain Gradel generate some space for himself out wide before sending the ball in for Yaya Sango, but the former Arsenal man's header flew narrowly wide (13'). Toulouse did manage to draw first blood, though, just inside the half-hour, when Jimmy Durmaz teed up Issiaga Sylla, who steered his first goal since November 2016 into the far corner (29'). Bordeaux tried to respond immediately, and TFC 'keeper Alban Lafont was forced to react quickly to deny Lerager after parrying Youssouf Sabaly's cross into his path (32'). Les Girondins wouldn't be kept out for long, though, and former Toulouse striker Braithwaite restored parity after being played in by Soualiho Meïté (38'). Braithwaite went from taker to near-maker soon after, setting up Kamano, but the powerful winger was denied by the ever-spritely Lafont in the visiting goal (41').

Breath-taking Braithwaite

Braithwaite came off second-best to Lafont when Danish compatriot Lerager tried to find him with a long ball at the start of the second half (46'), but he doubled his tally with the next attack of the game, forcing the ball home via Toulouse captain Christopher Jullien after getting the break of the ball in the box (49'). Lerager then deservedly got his own name on the scoresheet, guiding Nicolas De Préville's low cross home for 3-1. Malcom, so busy in the midfield engine room all game, crept further forward with his team in the ascendancy and made it 4-1 minutes later, racing onto Braithwaite's pass and fooling Lafont with a near-post shot (78'). Issa Diop pulled one back with the goal of the game, sending a rocket into Benoît Costil's top corner (90') but it proved too little too late for Mickaël Debève's men, with Les Girondins running out 4-2 victors.

THE PLAYER: Martin Braithwaite

Who else? Braithwaite was in superlative form against the team for whom he scored 35 goals in 136 games for between 2013 and 2017, with some hand in every goal, whether it was the pass before the pass or the Dane himself lashing it home. His muted celebrations were a touch of class in potentially tempestuous derby, too.

THE STAT: 10

Bordeaux are now undefeated in ten of their last 11 home games against Toulouse in all competitions. The last time Toulouse took regional bragging rights back home was in August 2010, when Bordeaux were still playing at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.