Ciani sinks Paris as Bordeaux bounce back
Bordeaux returned to winning ways on Sunday night with a thrilling 2-1 victory against the run of play against PSG at the Parc des Princes, Michaël Ciani's 94th minute header handing coach Jean Tigana his maiden win at the helm of les Girondins.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Paris Saint-Germain / Girondins de Bordeaux : 1 - 2
Bordeaux coach Jean Tigana created a buzz before the match by leaving star playmaker Yoann Gourcuff on the bench, fuelling speculation that the France international could soon be putting pen to paper on a rumoured deal with Lyon.
Gourcuff left on the bench
With Brazilian Jussiê taking over the playmaking role, Bordeaux looked shaky in the first half as a confident and well-drilled PSG side took the game to them, creating a string of chances as Mevlut Erding kept the upper hand over Bordeaux’s young central defender Lamine Sané.
Turkey international Erding, played through neatly by strike partner Guillaume Hoarau, came close to netting the opener when he rounded onrushing ’keeper Cédric Carrasso, in strong form after a two-match suspension, but the Turk’s touch took him all the way to the goal line and Hoarau could only balloon his headed effort from the cut-back (35’).
Carrasso on top
Chances also fell for France striker Hoarau (11’) and Benin star Stéphane Sessegnon (24’) but Carrasso was on top of his game, denying them both before producing an even better save to deny Erding's powerful header from close range (45’+1).
Without Carrasso’s interventions, Bordeaux could have lost their way but Tigana’s men slowly edged their way into the game in the second half and took a surprise lead on 68 minutes when captain Alou Diarra fought off the attentions of Brazilian Nenê to head past Grégory Coupet.
Minutes earliler Ludovic Giuly had come on for an exhausted Erding, and the former Barcelona and France winger was instrumental in PSG’s fightback, breaking into the area and cutting back for Hoarau to slap home the equaliser (76’).
Tigana finally brought Gourcuff on for Jussiê with 15 minutes to go and it proved a winning move, the midfielder’s class reanimating Bordeaux’s play as he pulled the strings behind the attacking line.
Ciani gets Bordeaux back on track
In what could have been his last game in a Bordeaux shirt, Gourcuff made sure to leave a strong impression as his side rallied and pushed right into injury time, the playmaker floating in a sweet corner for central defender Michaël Ciani to blast in at the base of the post with just seconds to go (90’+4).
While it may not have been the easiest of victories, grabbing their maiden win of the season by the skin of their teeth should galvanise Tigana’s men who, faced with a quality PSG side, showed that they may still be a force in Ligue 1 this season.
The win lifts Bordeaux out of the bottom three to 17th while Paris drop three places to seventh.