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Bordeaux hold firm to prevail against Dynamo

FC Girondins de Bordeaux 1-0 FC Dynamo Kyiv (agg: 2-1)
Francis Gillot's men provided a defensive masterclass at the Stade Chaban-Delmas as Cheick Diabaté's goal secured a place in the last 16.

Cheick Diabaté celebrates Bordeaux's goal
Cheick Diabaté celebrates Bordeaux's goal ©AFP/Getty Images

FC Girondins de Bordeaux produced an excellent rearguard action to repel FC Dynamo Kyiv and reach the UEFA Europa League round of 16 courtesy of Cheick Diabaté's strike.

On a nine-game European winning streak at their Stade Chaban-Delmas, the hosts came into the match with an away goal to their name, and went ahead on aggregate thanks to Diabaté. Francis Gillot's men soaked up the ensuing Dynamo pressure after the interval, refusing to buckle to secure a tie with SL Benfica.

After a 1-1 draw in Ukraine last week the visitors knew they had to get on the scoresheet to have a chance of progress and came out of the blocks with intent. Niko Kranjčar was the first to test Cédric Carrasso, before Andriy Yarmolenko's flick sent the keeper sprawling to his left from a corner. It was one-way traffic but Admir Mehmedi was unable to reach a Lukman Haruna cross, before Carrasso was again forced into action from Miguel Veloso's free-kick.

Bordeaux had been on the back foot throughout the first period, but they hit with a sucker punch before the break. Benoît Trémoulinas's corner flicked off team-mate Grégory Sertic, allowing Diabaté to pounce and drive in at the back post on 41 minutes.

Yarmolenko volleyed wide after the restart as Dynamo flew forward, and Haruna somehow missed a header with the goal at his mercy. Oleh Blokhin's side got more and more desperate as the clock ticked by, yet André Poko, Florian Marange and Marc Planus were excellent in a resolute Bordeaux back line. Holding firm, they ensured the Ligue 1 club's passage to a first UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League last-16 tie since 2004.