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De Vries delight for Hearts

Published: Friday 7 November 2003, 0.49CET
FC Girondins de Bordeaux 0-1 Heart of Midlothian FC Mark de Vries wins it for visiting Hearts.

Match statistics

BordeauxHearts

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target8
 
1
Corners6
 
1
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed9
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 7 November 2003, 0.49CET

De Vries delight for Hearts

FC Girondins de Bordeaux 0-1 Heart of Midlothian FC Mark de Vries wins it for visiting Hearts.

Heart of Midlothian FC recorded one of the UEFA Cup second round's most unlikely upsets with a 1-0 first-leg victory on French soil against FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

'So happy'
A solitary 78th-minute goal from Mark De Vries gave the Scottish Premier League side a huge boost ahead of the second leg in three weeks' time - and manager Craig Levein was delighted. "Losing 1-0 or 2-1 wouldn't have been a bad result for us - so we are so happy," he said. "We never thought we could travel back with the advantage."

Ferocious tackling
The Bordeaux players looked desperately disappointed as they left the pitch having dominated large periods of the game. The home side had the better of the possession from the first whistle but were mainly restricted to shots from the edge of the box. The ferocious tackling of Phil Stamp, Steven Pressley and Robbie Neilson broke down wave after wave of Bordeaux pressure.

Five-man defence
Levein opted to play a five-man defence and the tactic paid off as his team frustrated the Bordeaux players and supporters alike. Hearts themselves had the best chance of the first 45 minutes when Dennis Wyness went close as Hervé Alicarte forced his own keeper into a full-length save with a misjudged back-header in a crowded box.

Superb goalkeeping
Bordeaux could have sealed the game on a number of occasions but for some poor finishing from Jean-Claude Darcheville and Mauricio Pochettino - and superb goalkeeping from Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon, enjoying his finest hour for the club he joined as an eleven-year-old boy.

De Vries scores
The visitors' chances were few and far between - but they unlocked Bordeaux on the counterattack. Kevin McKenna went close when his towering header from a free-kick drew a fingertip save from goalkeeper Ulrich Ramé. The ball rebounded off the post and De Vries was quickest to react, stabbing in the game's only goal.

'No luck'
Bordeaux coach Michel Pavon admitted he had expected the visitors to employ a different approach. "We didn't think that Hearts would play like that," he said. "Each time we've seen them, they try to play a European style of football and tonight it was typically Scottish. But my boys have played their game and the only thing missing was a goal. You always need a bit of luck and we didn't have it tonight."

Change of plan
His opposite number Levein was already planning for the second leg on 27 November. "I've got to work out a new strategy for the return," he said. "'I deliberately played a defence with five players behind the ball and hoped to have a chance to score. It proved a good choice tonight but Bordeaux are a good team and we haven't qualified yet."

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Lineups

bordeaux

Bordeaux

hearts

Hearts

16
RaméUlrich Ramé (GK) (C)
13
GordonCraig Gordon (GK)
4
AlicarteHervé Alicarte
4
PressleySteven Pressley
19
Bruno BastoBruno Basto
2
MayburyAlan Maybury
2
JemmaliDavid Jemmali
5
McKennaKevin McKenna
6
JuriettiFranck Jurietti
Substitution81
6
WebsterAndy Webster
5
PochettinoMauricio Pochettino
8
StampPhil Stamp
Substitution80
9
DarchevilleJean-Claude Darcheville
17
WynessDennis Wyness
7
Eduardo CostaEduardo Costa
11
ValoisJean Louis Valois
Substitution69
14
FeindounoPascal Feindouno
16
NeilsonRobbie Neilson
Substitution72
20
Paulo CostaPaulo Costa
Substitution67
20
KisnorboPatrick Kisnorbo
29
ChamakhMarouane Chamakh
Yellow Card65
9
De VriesMark De Vries
Goal79

Substitutes

1
RouxFrédéric Roux (GK)
1
MoilanenTeuvo Moilanen (GK)
3
Marco CaneiraMarco Caneira
3
McCannAustin McCann
Substitution72
27
PlanusMarc Planus
7
SeverinScott Severin
Substitution80
18
DeividDeivid
Substitution81
14
MacFarlaneNeil MacFarlane
23
MirandaPaulo Miranda
10
KirkAndrew Kirk
17
SahnounNicolas Sahnoun
18
HartleyPaul Hartley
Substitution69
11
RieraAlbert Riera
Substitution67
21
WeirGraham Weir

Coach

Michel Pavon (FRA) Craig Levein (SCO)

Referee

Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Assistant referees

Einar Gudmundsson (ISL), Eyjolfur Finnsson (ISL)

Fourth official

Gylfi Thor Orrason (ISL)

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