Bordeaux get 3-1 win against Nice in French league
By Trung Latieule ,AP August 25, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
PARIS -- Bordeaux extended its perfect start to the season by rallying past Nice 3-1 on Saturday for a third straight victory in the French league.
Nice striker Alexy Bosetti put the hosts ahead in the 12th minute with a side-footed effort from 25 yards, but Bordeaux forward Cheick Diabate leveled with a penalty in the 31st after Nice midfielder Eric Bautheac kicked Wahbi Khazri while attempting to clear the ball.
In the turning point of the match, Nice midfielder Valentin Eysseric curled home a free kick in the 40th but his goal was disallowed because teammate Kevin Gomis was in an offside position. That decision led to a brawl between the two teams, and Bordeaux took the lead in the 47th with a low strike from Nicolas Maurice-Belay. Gregory Sertic finished off a counterattack to make it 3-1 in the 55th.
"We're happy with the three points but we lacked control over a big part of the match," Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol said. "If we want to have high goals for the end of the season, we'll need to have more control."
Bordeaux was down to 10 men in the 82nd when Diabate received a second yellow card for fouling Romain Genevois.
Elsewhere, Marseille beat Guingamp 1-0 to earn its first win of the season under Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa, Lille kept a third straight clean sheet by defeating Lorient 2-0, Bastia edged Toulouse with a penalty from Ryad Boudebouz, promoted Caen stunned Reims 2-0 with late goals from N'Golo Kante and Herve Bazile, and Montpellier needed a free kick from Siaka Tiene and a header from Souleymane Camara to down promoted Metz 2-0.
Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac scored the winning goal by volleying home a cross from Dimitri Payet in the 46th minute. However, he picked up an ankle injury and was replaced in the 88th.
Marseille slowed down in the last 20 minutes and had a scare when Guingamp substitute Reynald Lemaitre rattled the bar from the edge of the box in the 80th.
"If we had lost this afternoon, we would have had even more pressure," Marseille forward Dimitri Payet said. "The coach told us to not panic, to keep making efforts we've made since the beginning of the season, and that it would pay off."
Marseille has four points from its first three games. It showed more defensive discipline and better fluidity in its passing game than in the 2-0 loss to Montpellier last weekend.
In Lille, midfielder Jonathan Delaplace scored with a low drive in the 58th and centerback Simon Kjaer doubled the lead in the 74th with a free kick that took a deflection off the wall.
On Sunday, Monaco visits Nantes, Saint-Etienne hosts Rennes and Lyon faces Lens.
Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain was held 0-0 at Evian on Friday.
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