Bordeaux, Nîmes through to last 16
Paulo Sousa's Bordeaux won through to the Coupe de la Ligue BKT round of 16 with a 2-0 win over fellow Ligue 1 Conforama side Dijon, while Nîmes Olympique's B-team bested Domino's Ligue 2 outfit RC Lens 3-0.
Tuesday, 29 October 2019
Coupe de la Ligue BKT, Round of 32
MATMUT Atlantique, Bordeaux
FC Girondins de Bordeaux 2-0 Dijon FCO
Coming off consecutive league defeats, Paulo Sousa's much-changed Bordeaux line-up were out to change their dynamic as Dijon came calling at the MATMUT Atlantique on Tuesday - and that's exactly what they did.
Although Les Girondins found themselves on the back foot for long stretches of the second half, Dijon couldn't find a way past Gaëtan Poussin and, four minutes into injury time, substitute Nicolas De Préville made certain sure of the result with a superb free-kick that rocketed into Alex Runarsson's top corner at 115km/h (90'+4).
The 2-0 win takes Bordeaux through to the competition's round of 16 while Dijon coach Stéphane Jobard now returns to the task of prying his side from the foot of the Ligue 1 Conforama table.
THE PLAYER: Gaëtan Poussin
Despite being the understudy to Benoît Costil, 20-year-old Poussin proved up to the task when called upon for his first appearance of the season - and just his second all-told for the south-western club.
The Bordeaux youth academy product proved crucial in his side's qualification, producing a string of key saves to deny Didier Ndong (58') and Mama Baldé (76') just as Dijon were threatening to pry their way back into the match.
THE STAT: 3
Nigeria international Maja, 20, now has three goals for Bordeaux - he has one in Ligue 1 Conforama in each of the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons - since joining the club from Sunderland in January 2019.
Stade des Costières, Nîmes
Nîmes Olympique 3-0 RC Lens
Nîmes coach Bernard Blaquart opted to field a number of youngsters for the visit of Domino's Ligue 2 side RC Lens on Tuesday, and the lads got the job done in style, winning 3-0 to progress to the competition's round of 16 and proving to their coach that they could play a part as the club looks to break out of the Ligue 1 Conforama drop zone.
Starting with Cheikh Cory Sene's own-goal, forced by Lucas Buade's shot (24', o.g.), Nîmes dominated Lens from beginning to end, with Théo Saint Luce making the break (39') before Vlatko Stojanovski put the match to bed with well-taken spot-kick (87', pen.).