Ligue 2 – Saint-Etienne beats Bordeaux (2-0) and leaves the red zone

Ligue 2 – Saint-Etienne beats Bordeaux (2-0) and leaves the red zone

The Bordeaux leader fell. The FCGB lost on the road against Saint-Etienne (2-0) after a stormy match which saw the players in this match go blow for blow. If the match had to be played behind closed doors, the atmosphere was electric on the lawn and on the substitutes’ bench where insults could be heard from the first to the last second.

Dominating and rewarded by the goal of Wadji in the first half (35th), the Stéphanois knew how to turn their backs on returning from the locker room before seeing Mason widen the gap (67th). The burst of pride, perhaps too late, of Bordeaux at the end of the match was stopped by Matthieu Dreyer who was decisive on his line on many occasions. Thanks to this success, the Stéphanois are temporarily out of the red zone and they go back to 12th place in the Ligue 2 standings. Bordeaux should lose their place as leader after this second setback of the season.

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Bordeaux not spoiled with injuries

After a complicated start to the season, the Stéphanois recovered in the last two days of Ligue 2 with a resounding success against Bastia (5-0) and a big match against Pau (2-2). It is for this reason that the Girondins de Bordeaux, yet leaders of Ligue 2, were not the big favorites at the start of this meeting. In addition, Bordeaux have always suffered during these trips to Geoffroy-Guichard with only two successes in their last ten trips.

Bordeaux dominated the start of this meeting, but the team managed by David Guion were affected by two successive outings through injury. Striker Alberth Elis (8th) and defender Junior Mwanga (24th), two major players from the Bordeaux team, had to leave Geoffroy-Guichard’s lawn and the Bordelais quickly lost their hold on the ball.

In the 22nd minute, the Saint-Etienne players managed to be dangerous for the first time in the game. Jean-Philippe Krasso was found on the left side of the lawn and he took the opportunity to give this ball to Ibrahima Wadji in depth. Wadji came to present himself alone against Gaëtan Poussin, but the Bordeaux goalkeeper managed to push back this first alert in front of his cages. About ten minutes later, after several shots off target from his teammates, Dylan Chambost was at the start of the action that will lead to the first goal of this meeting. He launched Thomas Monconduit in the penalty area and the latter found Wadji in the middle who only had to push the ball into the back of the net (1-0, 35th).

Dreyer brought his stone to the building

Upon returning from the locker room, the Bordelais were able to obtain several dangerous actions, but they greatly lacked realism. On a brilliant service from Vital Nsimba with the outside of his foot, Dilane Bakwa was found at the far post, but he missed his header which went wide of the goal kept by Matthieu Dreyer (56th). On a new cross from Vital Nsimba, Bakwa was still able to be worrying by taking a ball with his head at the far post, but this time he came up against an excellent Matthieu Dreyer (61st).

As Bordeaux pushed to equalize, the Stéphanois took advantage of a harmless counter-attack to widen the gap. A long shot from Lenny Pintor was blocked and Yoann Barbet barely cleared the ball. Yvann Maçon had followed the movement and the ball returned to his feet and he armed an unstoppable strike (67th). Josh Maja thought he had reduced the gap in injury time, but he touched the ball with his arm according to the referee of the meeting. Thanks to this success, AS Saint-Etienne has managed to temporarily get out of the red zone and Laurent Battles’ team will aim to return as quickly as possible to the first half of the table. For its part, Bordeaux will have to pull themselves together when they receive Dijon.

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