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  • January 16, 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
  • Referee: S. Bre
  • • Attendance: 48147
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Olympique De Marseille 2-1 Girondins De Bordeaux: Champions End Four Game Winless Streak

Olympique De Marseille 2-1 Girondins De Bordeaux: Champions End Four Game Winless Streak

OM now just three points off top spot...

First-half goals from Andre-Pierre Gignac and Brandao were enough for the champions to register their first victory in five league games.

Neither side really grasped a stranglehold on the game in the opening quarter with much of the play being laboured in midfield. There was no initiative on display as members of both sides were relatively happy to sit back.

The hosts were beginning to see more of the ball than their guests and a lovely a piece of interchange between Lucho Gonzalez and Mathieu Valbuena nearly saw an opening for the Argentine but his right-footed effort was well blocked by a blue shirt.

OM did in fact take the lead on 22 minutes thanks to Gignac. The French international capitalised on a beautiful in swinging cross from Taye Taiwo down the left which was subsequently finished by the striker at the far post with his right foot. It was great composure from the attacker to slot the ball past Cedric Carrasso but Bordeaux’s Mickael Ciani completely misjudged the flight of the ball allowing Gignac to pounce.

Bordeaux to their credit seemed to show more attacking emphasis following the goal. They were seeing plenty more possession and looked to get forward with Marseille happy to soak up the pressure. Striker Cheick Tidiane did ever so well to bring a ball down on his chest in the penalty area but his resulting effort was easily gathered by Steve Mandanda in the OM goal.

Coach Jean Tigana felt aggrieved five minutes before half-time as he felt he side should have had a penalty as Gabriel Heinze handled the ball in the box as he leaped in the air to clear the ball with his head. In truth the Bordeaux tactician should be counting his blessings as minutes prior Benoit Tremoulinas was extremely fortunate not to be sent off for a two-footed lunge on Valbuena that had the wide-man grimacing in pain.

The visitors were contributors do their own downfall right on the stroke of half-time as a mix up between goalkeeper Carrasso and Ciani allowed Gignac to sneak in behind and cut the ball back for his strike partner Brandao in the eighteen-yard box to smash home with his right foot.

Bordeaux had more purpose after the interval as they looked to get back into the game. Their continuous pressing left them suspect in defence as the hosts looked to counter attack and they very nearly wrapped it up following some spectacular persistence by Lucho Gonzalez.  The Argentine retrieved the ball on the byline down the right-hand side before pulling it back for an unmarked Valbuena who fluffed his lines and steered well wide.

Les Girondins got back into the game on 72 minutes via the penalty spot as Anthony Modeste slotted low into Mandanda's bottom left hand corner. It came after Souleymana Diawara looked to hack the ball away from his penalty area but ended up taking out Ludovic Sane. It was totally unintentional but he did deny a goal-scoring opportunity and the penalty was deserved. 

Didier Deschamps' men held on for victory and are now just three points off top spot. As for Bordeaux they remain in tenth on 27 points.

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