An entertaining fixture ended level.On an evening when all the focus was on the Champions League, Monaco and Girondins de Bordeaux shared the spoils in their rearranged Ligue 1 encounter at the Stade Louis II.
The game was a see-saw encounter, with Djimi Traore putting through his own net in the early stages. Monaco bounced back after the interval with goals from Park Chu-Young and Mathieu Coutadeur, who would be dismissed seven minutes from time for picking up a second yellow card. Prior to the red card, Bordeaux would draw level as Wendel struck.
A downpour just a couple of hours before kick-off at the weekend had seen the initial fixture postponed, and it threatened to rain goals for the visitors in the first half as they dominated the play. When they grabbed the lead inside 10 minutes, their strike had more than a stroke of luck about it as home goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier punched the ball off the unfortunate Traore, who could do little as it cannoned off him and into the net.
Les Monegasques could consider themselves to be fortunate to be only one down at the break and quickly set about making amends in the second period. Dieumerci Mbokani, who was very active if a little erratic after the break, was unlucky to see a flicked header come back off the bar, but Park was perfectly positioned to smash home the rebound.
The turnaround was completed when Coutadeur’s free kick from the left touchline deceived everyone and flew directly into the net.
Having gained a match-winning position, les Rouge et Blanc contrived to squander it as Jaroslav Plasil’s corner was missed by Ruffier and expertly turned home at the far post by Wendel, who did exceptionally well to pick a path through four defenders with his controlled volley.
In the early jousting, both Monaco and Bordeaux have flattered to deceive and remain towards the foot of the congested Championnat table. Les Monegasques are the side in greater need of a lift, sitting second from bottom with a squad talented enough to be challenging far higher up the standings.
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