Girondins de Bordeaux produced a remarkable team performance to outdo Juventus at the Stade Chaban-Delmas on Wednesday evening, claiming a 2-0 victory that greatly satisfied goal scorers Marouane Chamakh and Fernando.
The Serie A side struggled to mount a meaningful attack on Cedric Carrasso’s goal, while les Girondins looked the dominant outfit for long periods of the midweek encounter, despite missing key midfielder playmaker Yoann Gourcuff.
Somewhat inevitably it would be a brace of goals from set-pieces that would settle the game in favour of the French side, and midfielder Fernando, who struck the opener with a deft header, believes that their work on the tactical aspects of the game was rewarded.
“We studied Juventus carefully and knew their strength was their left flank,” he explained to UEFA’s official website. “We forced them to play on the right as much as possible.”
Meanwhile, Moroccan forward Chamakh, whose powerful late header from a corner sealed the game, was delighted to have accrued maximum points, which see Bordeaux lock in top spot.
“We knew we were already through but we wanted that first place,” he smiled. “We wanted a good result and, above all, to play well for our fans. This is really satisfying. We're top of the group and we've beaten Juventus, a truly great club. It's just a moment of pure happiness for the players and the fans.”
While Bordeaux can take it easy against Maccabi Haifa in their final match, Bayern Munich and Juventus will face a titanic struggle for qualification in Turin.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com