Bordeaux blown away by PSG
Bordeaux suffered a second major setback in a week, beaten 3-1 at Paris Saint-Germain after veteran back-up goalkeeper Ulrich Ramé was sent off. The champions now face an uphill task to defend their title.
Paris Saint-Germain / Girondins de Bordeaux : 3 - 1
Laurent Blanc’s Bordeaux side were knocked out of the Champions League in midweek, beaten by Ligue 1 rivals Lyon at the quarter-final stage. Les Girondins travelled to the French capital hopeful of taking all three points, which would have drawn them level with leaders Marseille ahead of OM’s home game against Nice on Sunday.
With regular goalkeeper Cédric Carrasso missing with a groin problem Ramé lined up in between the sticks for the visitors. The survivor from the 1999 title win lasted barely half-an-hour before being sent off for a handball outside the area when Mevlut Erding appeared set to score.
Until then the chance count had been relatively even but on 35 minutes, with 19-year-old goalkeeper Abdoulaye Keita on for Yoan Gouffran to make his Ligue 1 debut, PSG hit the front thanks to a Sylvain Armand free kick which took a deflection off Bordeaux midfielder Wendel on it’s way in.
The goal sent the PSG crowd wild, back in front of their own fans after a series of behind closed doors games. Antonie Kombouaré’s side would have been forgiven for having half on eye in their midweek French Cup semi-final at amateur side Quevilly but, scenting blood, they pushed on and Ludovic Giuly struck the bar on the stroke of half-time.
Early in the second half Keita saved well from Guillaume Hoarau before PSG keeper Apoula Edel did likewise from Ludovic Sané, and then turned a Benoît Trémoulinas effort on to the upright.
Erding and Hoarau seal victory
Erding forced another fine save from Keita before netting PSG’s second and his 13th Ligue 1 goal of the season on 74 minutes, PSG benefiting from a weak Keita clearance as Erding put his side 2-0 up despite a suspicion of offside when the Turkish international striker received the ball.
Bordeaux were back in it when Sané headed in a Wendel free kick 10 minutes from time, only for Bordeaux to suffer further heartbreak after 86 minutes when Guillaume Hoarau scored from a Claude Makelele free kick. It was the tall striker’s fifth of the season.
Bordeaux lost to Nancy in Week 31 and almost suffered further humiliation late on as Keita produced a brilliant save to deny Mateja Kezman a fourth for the home side.