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Wendel winner gets Bordeaux buzzing

CFR 1907 Cluj 1-2 FC Girondins de Bordeaux
Bordeaux surged into Group A contention after Wendel's free-kick late in the first half gave them a second straight win against the Romanian side.

Wendel is engulfed after making it 2-1 to Bordeaux
Wendel is engulfed after making it 2-1 to Bordeaux ©Getty Images

Wendel free-kick
Yoann Gourcuff put Bordeaux ahead after just six minutes and though Dani swiftly equalised, Wendel's 38th-minute free-kick proved enough for victory thanks to a pair of brilliant second-half saves from Matthieu Valverde in the Bordeaux goal. With AS Roma beating Chelsea FC in the section's other match Bordeaux are now just one point behind the English club, their opponents on Matchday 5.

Gourcuff strikes
Both coaches had said their sides' chances of progressing depended on getting a positive result here and that message had clearly got through to Bordeaux who were soon in front. Yoan Gouffran, one of three changes to the side that defeated CFR 1-0 on Matchday 3, was played in on the right by Marouane Chamakh and squared low to Gourcuff, who turned it in at the near post.

CFR level
CFR had defended in numbers to hold Chelsea to a goalless draw in their previous home fixture, but were now forced on to the attack – they responded brilliantly. First Sixto Peralta shot wide then Dani, in for the suspended Eugen Trică, drew the home side level on nine minutes. Cadú's deep cross was headed back across goal by Yssouf Koné and Dani powered a header beyond stand-in Bordeaux goalkeeper Valverde.

Wendel scores
Bordeaux's slick passing was causing the CFR defence problems while at the other end the high ball continued to look the home side's most likely path to goal. On 27 minutes Cadú headed Juan Culio's corner towards Koné, whose shot from close in was hacked off the line by Matthieu Chalmé. However, if CFR seemed to be gaining momentum, they were knocked off their stride seven minutes before the break. Bordeaux won a free-kick on the right side of the area and Wendel beautifully curled his shot over the wall and in, leaving Eduard Stăncioiu rooted to his line as the ball sailed to his left.

Valverde saves

Obertan effort
CFR were finding chances hard to come by as Bordeaux began to take a stranglehold on the game in midfield, keeping possession and imposing their rhythm. When they did catch a sight of goal they could not find a way past the excellent Valverde, who had Sebastián Dubarbier holding his head in disbelief after tipping away his low strike on 80 minutes. At the other end substitute Gabriel Obertan's late effort was turned on to the post by Stăncioiu as Bordeaux ran out winners.