Bordeaux edge out Olympiakos
Bordeaux squeezed into the Champions League quarters after a tense 2-1 win over Olympiakos on Wednesday that saw three men sent off.sports Updated: Mar 18, 2010 23:56 IST
Bordeaux squeezed into the Champions League quarters after a tense 2-1 win over Olympiakos on Wednesday that saw three men sent off.
Laurent Blanc's men were 2-0 up on aggregate and cruising after Yoann Gourcuff's sublime early free-kick and the second-half dismissal of Olympiakos striker Matt Derbyshire.
Substitute Konstantinos Mitroglou drew the visitors level and Bordeaux then lost captain Alou Diarra after he received a second booking.
It made for a jittery final 20 minutes at the Stade Chaban-Delmas, but Marouane Chamakh finally put the tie to bed with an emphatic headed finish in the 88th minute to seal a 3-1 aggregate win.
“We scored the goal but then we shouldn't have taken any risks,” said Bordeaux midfielder Wendel.
“They equalised when it was 10 against 11 and then we had a few problems.
“For the next round, I have no preference. There are great sides like Barcelona, Inter and Manchester (United) who are playing well at the moment.
“With these teams it would be 50-50. If it's Lyon it'll be difficult.”
First Published: Mar 18, 2010 23:54 IST