Life for Girondins de Bordeaux under Gus Poyet could barely have got off to a better start on Sunday, with Nicolas de Préville (22′), Malcom (27) and Gaëtan Laborde (45′) lifting them past Olympique Lyonnais 3-1.
Girondins de Bordeaux 3-1 Olympique Lyonnais
The former Chelsea midfielder was appointed as Jocelyn Gourvennec’s successor last Saturday, and the atmosphere at the Matmut Atlantique was audibly buoyant for his first game in the hot seat. De Préville was close to getting on the end of a Laborde cross early on (20′) before making the net bulge for the first time, getting on the end of a Soualiho Meïté cross following some fine build-up play (22′). Buoyant became ecstatic minutes later when Les Girondins made it 2-0, with Malcom dusting himself down after a foul from Jérémy Morel in the box to convert the resulting penalty (26′). The half ended with a bang: first Marcelo pulled one back, heading home Nabil Fekir’s corner (44′), then Bordeaux earned another penalty through Maxime Poundjé, which this time Laborde stepped up to fire home (45+2′).
OL coach Bruno Génésio threw on Memphis Depay and Kenny Tete at half-time, and the pair added some much-needed verve to the visitors’ game. Tete was unlucky to come off second best to Benoît Costil from another Fekir dead ball (50′) before Memphis saw the France goalkeeper pull off a stunning save from one of his trademark thunderbolts from distance (74′). Bordeaux looked like they might creak under the pressure when Otavio was sent off for a second bookable offence, with Fekir the victim (77′), but Costil was having none of it, hooking another Memphis attempt clear with the ball inches from going over the line (78′). The hosts could even have added gloss to the scoreline at the other end late on, but Meïté fired wide after being played through by de Préville (85′) and it ended 3-1.
THE PLAYER: Soualiho Meïté
After such a fine team performance picking out one player for special praise hardly seems fair, but Meïté shone on Sunday, completing 90 per cent of his passes – quite a feat when operating largely in the final third – and his assist was nothing if not deserved. AS Monaco-owned, the France U20 cap should have a bright future with the current Ligue 1 Conforama champions if he can maintain the level he showed here.
THE STAT: 325
Bordeaux had gone 325 without scoring a goal in front of their home fans before de Préville’s opener, with their most recent tally at the Matmut Atlantique coming against AS Saint-Etienne last November.