Girondins de Bordeaux 2-1 Bayern Munich: Michael Ciani Scores At Both Ends As Marc Planus Wins It
Les Girondins have taken control of Group A from Die Roten in a remarkable encounter in France. Hans-Joerg Butt saved two penalties as Bayern ended with nine men as Thomas Mueller and Daniel Van Buyten were both dismissed.
Girondins de Bordeaux took a meaningful step towards the knockout stages of the Champions League by securing a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich.
Laurent Blanc’s side had a nightmare start, with Michael Ciani putting the ball through his own net on Bayern’s first foray forward. However, the centre-back, who scored the winning goal against Maccabi Haifa three weeks ago, would produce a sublime near-post flick to level matters. A rash challenge from Thomas Mueller saw him pick up a second yellow card with only half an hour gone and Bordeaux took advantage before the break as Marc Planus became the local hero with a somewhat fortuitous strike.
Penalties were the talk of the second half, as les Girondins would miss two as their dominance continued. Hans-Joerg Butt would twice save, once from Yoann Gourcuff and once from Jussie, but it didn’t matter in the end.
Despite falling behind, there could be little doubt that the opening 45 minutes belonged to les Girondins, who bounced back an early one goal deficit to dominate their German visitors.
The French champions did their best to give themselves a mountain to climb in the early moments of the fixture. After a relatively inert start to the game, a dangerous corner into the box from Holger Badstuber was missed by the home defence at the near post but not by Ciani in the centre. Unfortunately for the home side, the big defender slashed at the ball, slicing it into the top corner of his own net.
Undeterred by this seemingly giant early set-back, Bordeaux, as they have so often done in their domestic league over the past 12 months, went about the business of heaving themselves back into the match with patience and effectiveness. Bayern were vigilant defensively, but their tendency to give free kicks away would come back to haunt them.
An astute pass from Yoann Gourcuff through to Marouane Chamakh nearly succeeded in releasing the Moroccan forward, but the ball had just a little too much juice on it, taking the striker wide and forcing him to flash a shot wide on his weaker left-foot.
Actual efforts on Hans-Joerg Butt’s goal were infrequent. Set pieces were proving to be the main source of joy for the hosts, with a powerful effort from Wendel skimming off the turf as it moved about horribly, forcing Butt into an uncomfortable save.
Otherwise the Bavarians’ No. 1 had not been tested by the time Bordeaux drew level on 26 minutes. Another set-play was whipped towards goal, but Benoit Tremoulinas, who was vibrant in his left-back berth, saw his shot clipped wide by the wall. This proved a temporary reprieve for the guests as the corner kick, which initially looked a poor one, was brilliantly back-heeled into the Bayern Munich net by Ciani, who superbly atoned for his earlier error in a Zole-esque fashion.
Buoyant, Bordeaux received a further boost only a matter of minutes later. Young Munich star Thomas Mueller displayed his naivety when he lunged in on Matthieu Chalme after having earlier been booked. Catching the right-back full on the Achilles tendon, his red card was wholly predictable.
This only increased Bordeaux’s sense of offensive urgency, with Wendel finding himself free in the box to head a Jaroslav Plasil centre over the top. Gourcuff, who had a quiet first half, then sent a searing 30-yard drive towards the roof of the Bayern net, but Butt made a very smart touch over the bar.
Bayern were hanging on, but the Bundesliga side were punished after conceding another cheap free kick. If Ciani’s goal had been entirely down to skill, les Girondins’ second was due in part to a good slice of luck as Planus got a toe to Hamit Altintop’s clearance and appeared unsure where the ball was until it looped into the top corner of the net.
It could have been worse for Bayern had Badstuber not pinched the ball off Plasil’s toe as the Czech homed in on goal 30-yards out. Had the youngster got his tackle wrong, he would likely have joined Mueller in the dressing room early as he was cautioned earlier in the evening.
Patience was the watchword for Blanc’s men in the early stages of the second half. They bounced possession comfortably about their back but didn’t ever penetrate an organised the organised German rearguard. Meanwhile, Bayern provided a few positive flurries into the Bordeaux box, which caused the home defence some panic. Cedric Carrasso’s goal remained intact as Luca Toni prodded just wide with his knee and then Marc Planus produced a telling block on Miroslav Klose.
Bordeaux were still mastering the game and were gifted a golden chance to seal the match as Butt’s attempt to dribble Chamakh in the box failed. Startled, the goalkeeper produced a rash slide tackle on the Moroccan, conceding a penalty kick. Gourcuff, like Mueller before him, displayed his immaturity by cheekily dinking a penalty, which Butt saved. The young playmaker then smashed his follow-up wide.
Although Wendel nearly delivered a perfect ball to Chamakh, the African could not quite toe the ball into the Bayern net, and Bayern nearly punished the French side’s profligacy. Daniel Van Buyten’s deep centre from the right was misjudged by Carrasso, though Toni could only hit the post when he should really have finished.
Changes were made, but still the pattern of the game stayed the same, with Bayern attempting to catch their hosts on the break. The red-clad home side still found chances in open play hard to come by, though a slack back-pass from Badstuber gave Chamakh a sniff, which was snuffed out by Butt.
One player who was a livewire over the course of the 90 minutes was left-back Benoit Tremoulinas, who surged through a pack of defenders and sent a fizzing low drive at net, which was turned away by Butt.
Chamakh was a nuisance, though his contribution was limited in front of goal but his tenacity saw him wrestle his way past Van Buyten at the edge of the box. Desperate to claim the ball, the Belgian hauled the striker down, conceding a penalty and earning a red card in the process. Despite being down to nine men, Butt again saved from the spot – this time from Jussie.
The penalty saves provided an unbelievably tense conclusion but Bordeaux did just enough, going top of Group A after three points. They now boast seven points, four more than Bayern, who fall to third as Juventus won in Haifa, taking the Old Lady to five points.