Juve humbled in Bordeaux
Bordeaux easily beat Juventus to ensure they finish top of their group in the UEFA Champions League.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 25/11/09 10:23pm
Bordeaux strolled to a 2-0 victory over Juventus to ensure they finish top of their group in the UEFA Champions League.
The French champions were good money for their win at the Stade Chaban-Delmas and Juve were lucky not to lose by more in the Group A clash.
Bordeaux dominated throughout and were rewarded in the early stages of the second half when midfielder Fernando Menegazzo headed in from a Jaroslav Plasil free-kick to give the home side the lead.
Juve huffed and puffed but were never a match for their far superior opponents, although the visitors missed an excellent chance just after the hour mark when neither Diego nor Amauri could latch onto a Del Piero cross.
And the home side sealed the victory in injury-time when Marouane Chamakh headed home from a Wendel corner.
With Bordeaux already assured of a place in the knockout stages of the competition, Laurent Blanc's side were only playing for top spot in the group against a Juve outfit who needed a win to confirm their place in the last 16.
Alessandro Del Piero made his first start of the season but he was unable to inspire his team in the opening exchanges, as it was the home side who were on top for the whole of the first half.
The Italians had goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to thank for going into the break on level terms - as always the experienced shot-stopper was an excellent last line of defence.
Les Girondins were denied by Buffon in the third minute when Plasil's free-kick from the left flashed all the way across goal, narrowly missing the onrushing attackers, only for the keeper to tip it wide of the post.
With Bordeaux in total control of the game, they could not carve out a clear-cut chance, although Plasil volleyed wide soon after while running at great pace into the Juve box, after good work from Benoit Tremoulinas.
The away team did come close when big defender Giorgio Chielleni headed the ball into the ground and just over the bar from Diego's free-kick on the right touchline.
But that was a rare foray forward for the Old Lady as they were pinned into their own half for most of the opening period.
Matthieu Chalme was a constant threat with a number of threatening runs from right-back and on 38 minutes he picked out striker Chamakh for the chance of the half.
The Moroccan forward controlled the ball beautifully but Buffon came out well to make himself big and parry the shot away.
After the break Juventus came out strongly but they were undone by a goal from a set-piece after Caceres recklessly brought down Chamakh.
Plasil delivered a lovely ball and midfielder Menegazzo got between Felipe Melo and Amauri to flick a header past the helpless Buffon.
Juventus responded but still found themselves lacking penetration in the final third. Melo had a powerful shot from long range which went flying over the bar, before Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso saved well from a stinging Diego effort.
The Italians continued to press for an equaliser and had a glorious chance to level the scores on 64 minutes.
Del Piero advanced into the penalty area from the right and flicked a delightful ball between two defenders, but neither Diego nor Amauri could get a decisive touch with the goal at their mercy.
The miss proved to be decisive as Juve could not create another telling opportunity in the match.
Bordeaux stepped up the pace and at the other end Tremoulinas had a shot which was deflected narrowly wide, before Fernando sliced his effort from the resulting corner.
The Italians continued to fight until the end but Les Girondins' defence was rarely troubled and the points were assured in injury-time when Chamakh headed in a Wendel corner.
The result sets up a mouth-watering tie between Juventus and Bayern Munich in Turin on the final matchday, with the Germans now just one point off Ciro Ferrara's side.
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