Bordeaux 1-0 Rennes: Girondins Remain Top Of The Pack
Bordeaux keep up their great run of recent form with a narrow but deserved home win over Rennes.
It was the home side who flew out of the traps. Yoan Gouffran blazed a shot over from the edge of the box on two minutes as the team talk seemed to have worked. However, neither side managed to dominate the opening encounters and Asamoah Gyan should have put Rennes ahead on ten minutes when he went one on one with Cedric Carrasso but he put a poor effort wide.
Bordeaux slowly started coming into the game and went ahead in the 23rd minute when Giraldo Wendel raced into the box to meet a cross from the left wing with a diving header, which flew into the Rennes goal. It was a blow that the away team never recovered from and seemed to create some momentum that Bordeaux never let go.
The home side should have increased their lead in the 35th minute when a fantastic piece of skill from Yoann Gourcuff allowed space for Marouane Chamakh who smashed his effort over the bar. Rennes pressed before the break but looked as though they were eager for the referees whistle to be blown.
The second half started in exactly the same fashion as the first. Both sides looked content to see how the first few minutes panned out when the game was clearly up for grabs. There was some hope in the 57th minute for Rennes when Jires Kembo-Ekoko came on and put some energy into the left wing.
It was something that the away team had been missing but Bordeaux defended well to prevent the winger from creating many dangerous chances. Chamakh was inches away from putting his head to Bordeaux’s second goal in the 61st minute and two minutes later Wendel had a free kick superbly saved by Nicolas Douchez.
For all of the energy and effort from Kembo-Ekoko and Gyan, there was little else from the rest of the team. The pair never stopped running but it was Bordeaux who continued to have the best chances. Substitute, Gregory Sertic, was about to pull the trigger in the 76th minute and would have scored the second goal but for a slight scuff on the turf.
Rennes threatened to steal a goal late on as Gyan raced in behind a tight defence and ended up inches away from a long through ball. The away team kept up the pressure in the closing minutes but were never threatening and Bordeaux closed out a scrappy match to take another three points.