Football: Six-goal Bordeaux rock Monaco's royal show

18th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

Bordeaux humiliated Monaco 6-0, and embarrassed the watching Prince Albert, to move within a point of French league leaders Lyon on Sunday.

  PARIS, February 18, 2008 - Bordeaux humiliated Monaco 6-0, and embarrassed
the watching Prince Albert, to move within a point of French league leaders
Lyon on Sunday.
   All the goals came in the second-half as Laurent Blanc's side upped the
pressure on six-time champions Lyon who suffered a 1-0 defeat at Le Mans on
Saturday just four days before their Champions League clash with Manchester
   Bordeaux opened the scoring at the Stade Louis II six minutes after the
interval when Argentinian import Fernando Cavenaghi converted a Johan Micoud
   Micoud added a second with a drive off the underside of the crossbar on the
hour mark before Cavenaghi added his second, and his team's third, four
minutes later.
   Monaco's problems deepened in the 65th minute when Diego Perez was
red-carded for a crunching foul on David Bellion leaving the way clear for
Micoud, Marouane Chamakh and Gabriel Obertan to compete the rout.
   With one eye on Wednesday's European showdown with United, Lyon coach Alain
Perrin decided to leave Karim Benzema, the championship's top scorer with 16
goals, on the bench on Saturday despite already missing injured Brazilian
attacker Fred.
   It was another Brazilian who stole the headlines as Tulio De Melo scored
the only goal of the game in the 70th minute from a cross by Ibrahima Camara.
   The victory was also a repeat of Le Mans' 1-0 win in the French League Cup
semi-final in January, a win secured on that occasion by Japanese midfielder
Daisuke Matsui.
   Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was critical of the pitch at the Stade
Leon Bollee.
   "Le Mans are not our bogey team even if we have suffered two defeats to
them in such a short space of time," said Aulas.
   "The pitch doesn't explain our defeat but if you want to see a good match,
you need a good pitch. Sadly a lot in France are not worthy of the top flight."
   Le Mans moved into fifth place in the table with 37 points to maintain
their hopes of a European place next season.
   Nancy remain third but still eight points behind Lyon, and seven behind
Bordeaux, after crashing to a 4-0 defeat at St Etienne where Loic Perrin and
Bafetimbi Gomis were on target for the home side before the interval.
   Pascal Feindouno, fresh from his return from the African Nations Cup with
Guinea, and Bafetimbi Gomis added two more goals in the second half.
   Lille eased their relegation fears with a 3-1 win over fellow strugglers
Rennes with much-travelled Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert scoring twice to
double his tally for the season.
   Marseille are in seventh place ahead of their clash with arch-rivals PSG
later Sunday where the faltering Parisians will bid to erase their relegation
   PSG lie fifth from bottom, just three points off the drop zone.
   Around 2,000 PSG fans are expected at the Stade Velodrome for what will
undoubtedly be a highly-charged atmosphere.


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