Dijon leapfrog Bordeaux with 3-2 win


Dijon FCO replaced Girondins de Bordeaux in 10th in the Ligue 1 Conforama standings thanks to a 3-2 win at the Stade Gaston Gérard on Friday night.

 Dijon FCO 3-2 Girondins de Bordeaux

Just two points separated Bordeaux in tenth from Dijon in 12th at kick-off, but both sides looked like teams more interested in European qualification than the mid-table quagmire, and Les Girondins took the lead inside the first quarter of an hour when Jonathan Cafu followed up on Alexandre Mendy’s rebounded shot to send the ball flying past Baptiste Reynet (13′). Dijon poked and probed from thereon and nearly restored parity when Kwon Chang-hoon flashed over the bar from close range (20′). Wesley Saïd then had a pair of near misses (24′, 31′) before the hosts deservedly got back on level terms through Cédric Yambéré, who headed home from a Xeka corner before the most muted of celebrations against his former club (34′). Bordeaux carried a lead into the interval, though, with Malcom cutting inside and powering home one of the goals of the season with an unstoppable long-range strike (36′). The Brazilian nearly bagged another stunner from a free-kick minutes later, but Reynet proved equal to his curling effort (40′).

Xeka forced a good save from Benoît Costil minutes after the restart (49′) before Benjamin Jeannot restored parity with the simplest of finishes following good work from Saïd, who had scooted past Milan Gajic (52′). Bordeaux were the next to threaten with Malcom finding Nicolas De Préville with another set piece, but he could only watch on as the forward fired wide with the goal at his mercy (77′). That profligacy was punished less than ten minutes later when Xeka slipped in Saïd, who fired home from a tight angle to seal the 3-2 win.

Bordeaux’s top scorer with seven Ligue 1 Conforama goals, Brazilian midfielder Malcom has already managed in 16 games what he did in 37 last season, and was unlucky to find himself on the losing side. If he keeps up this level of football he could be an outside shout to make Brazil’s squad for the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia next summer.

Bordeaux have not won away from home in Ligue 1 Conforama for the last five matches. Their last success on the road was a 1-0 win at Toulouse FC in mid-September.

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