Morientes plays in Bordeaux win
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The on-loan Real Madrid striker was an injury doubt for European club football's showpiece event in Gelsenkirchen, Germany after going down with an ankle injury in last Saturday's home defeat to Rennes that ended Monaco's chances of winning Le Championnat this season.
However, the Spaniard was able to recover and appear in Monaco's last match of the season, as Didier Deschamps's side defeated Bordeaux 3-1 at the Stade Chaban-Delmas - playing for 52 minutes before being replaced by substitute Shabani Nonda.
In an open but subdued contest, the home side took the lead on the quarter hour mark when Pascal Feindouno's cross from the right eluded two Monaco defenders in the box before Albert Riera got on the end of it to strike a low shot past Flavio Roma for a 1-0 lead.
Les Girondins' lead, however, lasted just ten minutes as some good work on the edge of the box by Morientes led to strike partner Emmanuel Adebayor latching on to the loose ball in the Bordeaux box.
He rounded goalkeeper Mathieu Valverde before slotting the ball home with a fine right-foot finish to make it 1-1 at the break.
The second half saw the Principality club look the likelier side to score, with Nonda coming close with a volley from Jerome Rothen's cross from the left that Valverde tipped on to his own bar and to safety.
Despite their backline looking uncertain under pressure at times, the visitors finally got the breakthrough with 13 minutes left, as Lucas Bernardi latched on to a fine through ball before striking a left foot shot that Valverde got a hand to, but with not enough strength to keep the ball from bouncing behind him and into the goal for 2-1.
Two minutes later, it was 3-1 as Nonda beat his Bordeaux marker in the box before slotting a sublime low strike past Valverde to seal an important final Ligue 1 win of the season for Monaco.
The result takes Monaco to second in the table and it puts pressure on third place Paris Saint Germain to win their last League match in Bastia to leapfrog them and finish runners-up behind defending champions Lyon on Sunday.
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Bordeaux 1-3 Monaco
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