Bordeaux tame nine-man Bayern
French champions miss two penalties en route to victory
By Elliot Ball. Last Updated: October 21, 2009 10:34pm
Muller given his marching orders
Bordeaux came back from behind to beat nine-man Bayern Munich 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
Defender Marc Planus scored a 41st minute winner in what proved a physical encounter at the Chaban Delmas which heralded six bookings and two red cards.
Laurent Blanc's side wasted the chance to put the game out of sight after missing two second-half penalties but they eventually claimed maximum points to top Group A.
The French champions went a goal down after six minutes when Michael Ciani poked the ball into his own net but the defender turned from villain to hero after his inventive back-heel got the hosts back on level terms.
Bayern, who badly missed the creativity of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, were punished for their over-aggressive gameplan a minute after the equaliser when Thomas Muller was handed a second yellow card.
The sending-off allowed Bordeaux to take control of proceedings and they grabbed a deserved lead when Planus managed to deflect Hamit Altintop's clearance into the back of the net.
Bordeaux spurned their first chance from the spot when Yoann Gourcuff's over-confident chip was easily saved by Hans-Jorg Butt.
Daniel van Buyten received his marching orders two minutes from time after conceding the second penalty but Butt again denied Bordeaux when he saved substitute Jussie's effort.
But Blanc's side did not pay the price for the miss as they topped the group at the midway stage.
Bayern got off to a dream start when Ciani diverted a Holger Badstuber corner into his own goal after six minutes.
But there was only one team in the game for the rest of the first half with Bordeaux coming close to setting the record straight in the 18th minute when Butt pushed away a Marouane Chamakh free-kick which curled wickedly at the last minute.
Ciani then made amends for his own goal with an almost carbon copy, this time at the right end as he met the ball at the near post with an exquisite back-heel just inside the post in the 29th minute.
The home team were assisted in their search for three points when Muller was shown the red card for a second bookable offence.
His foul from behind on Matthieu Chalme may even have been worthy of a straight red, but either way, his dismissal left the Bavarians with just 10 men for an hour.
Bordeaux soon took advantage of their extra man with Gourcuff forcing a fine save out of Butt from 25 yards.
And they went ahead in the 41st minute when Altintop tried to clear a Wendel free-kick, but he only managed to divert the ball against the foot of Planus and into the top corner.
The game seemed to be over for Bayern, but they showed an excellent fighting spirit with Luca Toni pushing his weight around, despite cutting a lonesome figure in attack.
He and Miroslav Klose both had half chances to bring Bayern level before Butt risked everything by giving away a needless penalty in the 65th minute.
The experienced goalkeeper opted not to clear a back-pass and found himself caught in possession outside his goal by Chamakh, who made quite a meal of his fall, but earned a penalty nonetheless.
Gourcuff's cheeky attempt to chip the ball over Butt did not succeed as the Bayern goalkeeper managed to stick out an arm to keep the ball out before Gourcuff placed the rebound wide.
The France international's miss almost proved costly as Toni hit the base of the post at the other end from Mark van Bommel's sweeping cross.Bayern were reduced to nine men when Van Buyten gave away the second penalty of the night, but Butt made another save, this time from Jussie, with two minutes to go.
|Bordeaux||Team Statistics||Bayern München|
|2||1st Half Goals||1|
|9||Shots on Target||0|
|6||Shots off Target||2|
UEFA Champions League
Wed 21st Oct - Group B
CSKA Mosc0 - 1Man Utd
Wolfsburg0 - 0Besiktas
Wed 21st Oct - Group D
FC Porto2 - 1Apoel Nicosia
Chelsea4 - 0A Madrid
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Juventus1 - 0Maccabi Haifa
Bordeaux2 - 1Bay Munich
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R Madrid2 - 3AC Milan
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