10-man Bordeaux serve up vintage win

January 19, 2008

PARIS, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Girondins Bordeaux moved up to second place in Ligue 1 on Saturday after a 2-1 win at Le Mans despite playing with 10 men for the entire second half.

The win put them on 39 points from 21 matches, three behind leaders Olympique Lyon who visit struggling Racing Lens on Sunday. Third-placed Nancy, on 36, travel to sixth-placed Nice on Sunday.

Bordeaux made a perfect start, scoring two goals in 22 minutes through Argentine striker Fernando Cavenaghi and Brazilian midfielder Fernando.

Le Mans got back into the game when 22-year-old midfielder Martin Douillard scored in the 35th minute and were further boosted when Bordeaux defender Franck Jurietti was handed a straight red for slapping Douillard's face.

Le Mans lost their numerical advantage 15 minutes from time when Gregory Cerdan was sent off for bringing down Brazilian midfielder Geraldo Wendel.

Two goals by Djibril Cisse helped Olympique Marseille to a 3-1 home win over Valenciennes, who slipped to fifth in the table.

Cisse opened the scoring in the 27th minute with a well-struck shot and made it three 15 minutes from time after Julien Rodriguez headed home a Bruno Cheyrou corner in the 51st minute. The win lifted Marseille to 10th.

Caen moved up to fourth after a 1-1 draw at Toulouse, while an own goal by Gregory Bourillon put the brakes on Paris St Germain's recent recovery of form as they lost 1-0 at Lorient.

The 23-year-old defender deflected a cross from Rafi Saifi in the 20th minute.

PSG, who ended the first half of the season 16th in the 20-team league, just two points clear of the drop zone, were on a run of four wins in all competitions.

They recorded their first home Ligue 1 win last weekend and qualified on Wednesday for the French League Cup semi-finals.