Bordeaux book Uefa Cup slot
By Steve Bramley
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bordeaux secured a place in the Uefa Cup after a 3-1 win against Galatasaray.
Bordeaux secured a place in the Uefa Cup after a 3-1 win against Galatasaray at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.
Two goals in three minutes from Lilian Laslandes and Julian Faubert early in the second half, to add to Alejandro Alonso's first-half opener, helped secure the French side's first win in Group C and completed a miserable night for the Turkish giants.
Junichi Inamoto scored a consolation but to add to a thoroughly forgettable trip for their fans' the visitors also had Arda Turan sent off after appearing to butt Bordeaux's Franck Jurietti.
With Liverpool and PSV having already secured qualification for the knockout stages the prize of third spot and a place in the Uefa Cup was the ultimate prize on offer on a still night in the South West corner of France.
Bordeaux went into the game without the suspended Fernando Menegazzo following his sending off against Liverpool. They were also without Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh, but Marc Planus returned to the starting line-up.
Jean-Claude Darcheville was also passed fit after a calf problem and partnered Laslandes in attack.
Galatasaray were without Croatian defender Stjepan Tomas through suspension so Tolga Seyhan partnered Rigobert Song in the heart of the defence.
However, Necati Ates, Aydin Yilmaz and Orhan Ak all missed out through injury for the visitors.
In an end-to-end first-half, Jean-Claude Darcheville should have put the home side ahead after only four minutes.
The powerful forward latched on to a ball from Laslandes but Faryd Mondragon was quick to block the striker's right-foot shot from ten yards.
Bordeaux made all the early running, winning a string of corners, and Alonso also fired narrowly wide with a curling left-foot shot from distance.
But the visitors hit back and almost sneaked in front after 12 minutes when Bordeaux keeper Ulrich Rame had to scramble along his line to prevent a deflected shot off the knee of Faubert sneaking in at the far post.
However, it was Bordeaux who took a 22nd minute lead when Inamoto's attempted clearance only found Alonso and the midfielder's left-foot shot from 15 yards flew into the net.
But the goal sparked the visitors into life and they dominated the remainder of the half.
The industrious Hasan Sas came close to levelling the scores with his side's best chance of the half, four minutes later, after a surging run, but Planus came to Bordeaux's rescue with a last-ditch tackle as the midfielder pulled the trigger.
It was Sas who was at the heart of most of Galatasaray's attacking moves and his probing runs down the right caused their French hosts all kinds of problems.
The Turkish side played some neat one-touch football and it almost paid dividends when Sasa Ilic's cross from the right found Cihan Haspolatli but Rame managed to block the midfielder's effort.
Five minutes before the break Arda's speculative effort flew inches wide.
But if the visitors had hopes of a fightback they were extinguished in the opening minutes of the second half as Bordeaux struck twice in three minutes.
Laslandes struck the decisive second when he finished in style after Tolga Seyhan had completely mis-kicked a harmless looking cross from Faubert.
And then, with Galatasaray all at sea, Wendal's cross was headed in by the diving Faubert.
Things went from bad to worse for the Turkish side after 59 minutes when Arda was shown a straight red card by referee Vladimir Hrinak after appearing to butt Bordeaux's Jurietti in the chest.
But the ten men battled gamely and got a deserved consolation when former West Brom midfielder Inamoto rifled home a right-foot shot 17 minutes from time.
However, it was too little too late for Eric Gerets' side who finish bottom of the Group, but for Bordeaux it was a job well done.
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