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Ciani beats clock to clinch Bordeaux win

Published: Thursday 1 October 2009, 0.30CET
FC Girondins de Bordeaux 1-0 Maccabi Haifa FC
Michaël Ciani headed in a corner with seven minutes left to give Bordeaux a victory that leaves them excellently placed in Group A.
by Matthew Spiro
from Stade Chaban-Delmas

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Match statistics

BordeauxM. Haifa

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target12
 
7
Corners6
 
6
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed15
 
21
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
1

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 1 October 2009, 0.30CET

Ciani beats clock to clinch Bordeaux win

FC Girondins de Bordeaux 1-0 Maccabi Haifa FC
Michaël Ciani headed in a corner with seven minutes left to give Bordeaux a victory that leaves them excellently placed in Group A.

Michaël Ciani's late header boosted FC Girondins de Bordeaux's Group A campaign as the French champions finally got the better of an enterprising and spirited Maccabi Haifa FC.

Close encounter
Looking to build on their encouraging opening-day draw at Juventus, Les Marine et Blanc threw everything at the visitors but struggled to hit top gear, rarely troubling goalkeeper Nir Davidovitch in an intense and even encounter. For their part, as well as defending resolutely, Haifa attacked with skill and verve and could easily have returned to Israel with maximum points. However, Ciani powered in a header from Grégory Sertic's 83rd-minute corner to clinch the all-important win that leaves Bordeaux on four points along with group leaders and next opponents FC Bayern München. Maccabi are yet to get off the mark.

Maccabi pressure
The Israeli champions had boasted an excellent record against French clubs, having taken two wins and a draw from three previous meetings with Ligue 1 opposition, and Elisha Levi's charges showed no signs of apprehension against a Bordeaux side unbeaten in 21 matches. With Haifa's teenage wingers Eyal Golasa and Mohammad Ghadir pushing on at every opportunity, Bordeaux quickly found themselves on the back foot, visiting striker Vladimer Dvalishvili hooking over from close range before Eyal Meshumar's rising shot drew a save from Cédric Carrasso.

Ciani saves
Laurent Blanc's men had drawn gushing praise for their flowing football this term yet they rarely hit their straps in a disjointed first half. One long, stylish passing move culminated in Matthieu Chalmé crossing for Yoann Gourcuff, who nodded wide, but such combinations proved few and far between. Only Ciani's beautifully timed tackle prevented the pacy Ghadir bursting clear at the other end, and Carrasso needed to demonstrate his reflexes again to parry Tsepo Masilela's stinging cross-shot just before the half-hour.

Blanc switch
As Haifa's excellent midfield pair of Jhon Jairo Culma and Baram Kayal continued to dictate play, Blanc must have wondered whether his decision to operate with two forwards in the UEFA Champions League for the first time had been wise. He altered the shape of his midfield at the break, Fernando replacing the more attacking Gourcuff who had a thigh injury, yet the pattern of play remained unchanged. Carrasso's misjudgement immediately presented Dvalishvili with a golden chance which the Georgian – under pressure from Ciani – headed wide of an open goal.

Dramatic ending
If Fernando Cavenaghi had struggled to make an impact, his substitute David Bellion proved more of a handful. The striker had two gilt-edged opportunities within minutes of coming on, firing wide from point-blank range after latching on to Marouane Chamakh's deft header, then surging clear but miscuing his shot, allowing Davidovitch to save easily. For all the hosts' pressure, Haifa appeared more threatening in the closing stages. Golasa tested Carrasso from distance before, seconds later, substitute Lior Refaelov dribbled through the heart of the home defence only to see his precise low effort expertly stopped by the Bordeaux No1. Haifa were made to rue those misses when Ciani struck, and their night worsened two minutes from time as Kayal received a red card for a dangerous tackle on Benoît Trémoulinas.

Last updated: 27/11/12 8.52CET

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Lineups

bordeaux

Bordeaux

m. haifa

M. Haifa

1
CarrassoCédric Carrasso (GK)
1
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK)
2
CianiMichaël Ciani
Goal83
5
Jorge TeixeiraJorge Teixeira
4
A. DiarraAlou Diarra (C)
8
CulmaJohn Culma
8
GourcuffYoann Gourcuff
Substitution46
9
DvalishviliVladimer Dvalishvili
Substitution58
9
CavenaghiFernando Cavenaghi
Substitution60
15
GolasaEyal Golasa
Substitution84
17
WendelWendel
16
GhadirMohammad Ghadir
Substitution66
18
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
Substitution71
17
MasilelaTsepo Masilela
21
ChalméMatthieu Chalmé
20
KatanYaniv Katan (C)
27
PlanusMarc Planus
Yellow Card38
21
KeinanDekel Keinan
28
TrémoulinasBenoît Trémoulinas
23
KayalBeram Kayal
Red Card88
29
ChamakhMarouane Chamakh
27
MeshumarEyal Meshumar
Yellow Card66

Substitutes

16
RaméUlrich Ramé (GK)
22
EdriAmir Edri (GK)
3
HenriqueHenrique
4
MaymonShai Maymon
5
FernandoFernando
Substitution46
7
BoccoliGustavo Boccoli
Substitution84
6
JuriettiFranck Jurietti
14
DutraTiago Dutra
11
BellionDavid Bellion
Substitution60
18
OsmanAli Osman
20
SaivetHenri Saivet
19
ArbeitmanShlomi Arbeitman
Substitution58
22
SerticGrégory Sertic
Substitution71
26
RefaelovLior Refaelov
Substitution66

Coach

Laurent Blanc (FRA) Elisha Levi (ISR)

Referee

Eric Braamhaar (NED)

Assistant referees

Arend Brink (NED), Wilco Lobbert (NED)

Fourth official

Tom van Sichem (NED)

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