PSG slip good news for Lyon

Ligue 1 Conforama > Match Reports
18/05/2011

Paris Saint-Germain lost 1-0 at Bordeaux to an early Cheick Diabaté penalty and are two points behind third-placed Lyon. Les Girondins retained a small chance of qualifying for Europe and are eighth.

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: 1 - 0


Mevlut Erding had the first attempt for PSG who had Nene in a playmaking role for this encounter as Antoine Kombouaré shuffled the pack, leaving Guillaume Hoarau, Ludovic Giuly and Mathieu Bodmer all on the bench. PSG were also without injured captain Claude Makelele

Nene wanted a foul under Jaroslav Plasil's challenge deep inside Bordeaux territory. Correctly nothing was given and Bordeaux broke the length of the field to take a sixth-minute lead. PSG midfielder Jérémy Clément fouled Benoît Trémoulinas inside the area and there could be no debate about the penalty award.

Diabaté nets

Diabaté took it and scored his third goal of the season. The giant Malian might have been expected to go for power, yet went for finesse and the feint, deceiving Grégory Coupet. Diabaté had missed one against Lens in Week 35, while Coupet saved one in the Coupe de France final after generally considered to have been at fault for Ludovic Obraniak's free-kick winner for Lille.

Diabaté had another fantastic chance when Fernando found him all alone at the far post and Coupet produced a fine reaction save.

Hoarau and Bodmer stepped off the bench in the second half and combined to good effect as PSG went for broke to try to equalise with Hoarau's lay-off finding Bodmer, who was unfortunate to come up against an inspired Cédric Carrasso.

PSG flounder on Carrasso wall

PSG had only scored twice at Bordeaux in the last decade and their struggles continued as all of their attempts foundered on the quality of the France squad goalkeeper, who beat away a Jean-Christophe Bahebeck shot,  tipped a Hoarau header around the post, and got in behind a venomous Nene free-kick.

Bordeaux took the PSG punches and should have landed a knockout blow themselves as late substitute Anthony Modeste twice hit the woodwork in the closing stages. First he turned a precise Fahid Ben Khalfallah cross against the bar. Then from Wendel's astute header Modeste - again unmarked - again went for power and this time hit the post.

This was a disappointing result for PSG, who are next in action on Saturday evening against leaders Lille. Bordeaux might not yet be out of the European running after a first win under fitness coach Eric Bédouet, in charge until the end of the season after Jean Tigana's resignation. Les Girondins are four points behind sixth-placed Sochaux and travel to struggling Toulouse this weekend.

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