Bordeaux-Metz: the Garnets glimpse Europe, the Girondins sink

FC Metz is 5th, in a position to qualify for the Europa League, thanks to its victory in extremis in Bordeaux (2-1), which never ceases to disappoint.

Bordeaux is definitely plunged into doubt. In a new pattern of play in 3-5-2 against Metz, and without Hatem Ben Arfa, symbol of the tensions in the locker room, at kick-off, the Girondins scored. What had not happened to them for 318 minutes in Ligue 1. But they mostly lost at home, again, Metz having managed to win (2-1) after a second period much more successful than the first, which was Girondine. Samuel Kalu, replacing Ben Arfa at a moment’s notice, however showed the way to his partners, opening the scoring after a first quarter of an hour offensive. The Nigerian was even very close to doubling (63rd).

Kalu missed a golden opportunity to give his team a more comfortable lead. What he should have done without a huge failure on his part, on a superb cross from Rémi Oudin, from the left side. Embarrassed by Thomas Delaine’s failed tackle in front of him, the Nigerian missed his recovery from the inside of his right foot. A gesture largely within his reach in this position, even if everything went very quickly on this supersonic counter. It was the turning point of the match, while the meager advantage of the Bordelais, who were already in the hard at this moment of the meeting, hung by a thread. Or more exactly to the multiple stops of a vigilant Benoît Costil (51st, 56th).

A single shot on target for Bordeaux

The third big opportunity of the second period was the right one for FC Metz and Thomas Delaine (72nd), upset by the Bordeaux goalkeeper on two occasions, in particular with a splendid right hand tap to prevent the defender’s bicycle from hitting the target (51st) . On a good dynamic in this part which will have largely turned to their advantage on the return from the locker room, the Garnets continued to push. The changes of players and system operated by Jean-Louis Gasset, with the entry of Ben Arfa – or rather his ghost -, which we saw wandering on the lawn, did not allow the Bordeaux collective to display more of control, nor of offensive impetus (8 shots in total, only 1 on target in this match).

It was quite the opposite for Messins transfigured after returning from the locker room. Unrecognizable in the first period, the players of Frédéric Antonetti did everything to seek victory after the equalizer. Not far from offering a deserved success to the Messins on a plunging header coming to shave the left Bordeaux post, Vagner finally punished Bordeaux in added time (90th + 1). Thanks to this second victory in a row away from home, Metz is provisionally 5th and European. Bordeaux, for its part, sinks a little more into the crisis, with a fifth defeat in six matches, plus a draw, and an elimination in the Coupe de France against a L2 club, Toulouse (2-0).

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