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The Stade Chaban-Delmas welcomed a strong and well drilled Club Brugge side in a game that saw French club Bordeaux record a 3-1 victory.

With the partisan home crowd sensing an early opener, the first chance of the game duly arrived in only the fifth minute as midfielder Eduardo Costa rose to put a poorly directed header over the top of the Brugge bar.

With Bordeaux establishing early control, Brugge were content to sit deep and rely on counter-attacks that utilised the pace of their front three.

Striker Pascal Feindouno was looking lively in the Bordeaux front-line and he was unlucky on 15 minutes when his well hit effort drifted past Dany Verlinden's exposed goal.

The rest of the half saw endeavour triumph over artistry as both side's exertions proved fruitless in conjuring an opening goal. Bordeaux's marauding Frank Jurietti was proving the man most likely with his left sided raids proving increasingly difficult to deal with.

If the first half was lacklustre then the second more than made amends and the visitors went ahead just before the hour.

Brugge defender Philippe Clement broke from the back and his cross was met on the run at the far post by previously peripheral Gert Verheyen.

As if offended by Brugge's impertinence, Bordeaux rampaged forward and within fifteen minutes, found themselves in the lead.

First, midfield Albert Celades, on loan from Real Madrid, broke from deep and having avoided the linesman's flag, he kept his head to rifle home with aplomb.

Brugge then began their own period of ascendancy, playing some lively and direct football, before Celades broke again and registered with his second goal of the game as he expertly lobbed the ball over a retreating David Rozehnal, who tried to cover his advanced keeper.

With just minutes left on the clock, Bordeaux scored a crucial third - Albert Riera finishing in style after being put through by the industrious Feindouno.