Leaders Bordeaux escape with Bastia draw in Ligue 1

Bordeaux saw their 100 percent record at the start of the Ligue 1 season ended on Sunday but Willy Sagnol`s side were lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw against Bastia.

AFP| Last Updated: Aug 31, 2014, 22:06 PM IST
Leaders Bordeaux escape with Bastia draw in Ligue 1

Paris: Bordeaux saw their 100 percent record at the start of the Ligue 1 season ended on Sunday but Willy Sagnol`s side were lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw against Bastia.

Trailing 1-0 to a first-half strike from Ivorian forward Junior Tallo, Bordeaux were let off the hook when Floyd Ayite`s net-bound strike with quarter of an hour remaining was deflected onto the bar by the hand of home defender Nicolas Pallois.

No penalty was given, and instead Bordeaux drew level in the 79th minute thanks to Diego Rolan`s third goal of the season.

The result leaves Bordeaux still clear at the top of the table, although Saint-Etienne can join them on 10 points with a win away to champions Paris Saint-Germain later on Sunday.

"From the bench, everything happens so fast that you can`t see," said Sagnol of the penalty incident. "But it would be a shame to reduce the match to just that.

"It wouldn`t be right to say that a team was lucky because of one incident when that team was the only one trying to play football," added Sagnol, who was hoping to become the first coach to win his first four Ligue 1 games for 36 years.

Bastia, who were wearing white Bordeaux training tops after bringing the wrong kit to the Stade Chaban-Delmas, opened the scoring on 18 minutes when Tallo fired home from eight yards after Ayite`s miscued header fell into his path.

Wahbi Khazri, playing against his former club, had chances to equalise, seeing one shot flash just wide in the first half and then another deflected past by Sebastien Squillaci.

It should have been game over when Ayite rounded goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso only for the hand of Pallois to deny him, and Bastia coach Claude Makelele could only look on as Mariano`s ball into the box was chested down and then fired home on the turn by Uruguayan forward Rolan.

On Saturday, Monaco came from behind to draw 1-1 with Lille as Dimitar Berbatov cancelled out Nolan Roux`s opener, but the principality club`s day was overshadowed by the late withdrawal from their squad of Radamel Falcao amid mounting speculation that the Colombian is on his way out of the club.

There were also wins for Rennes, Lorient, Nantes, Toulouse and Lens to go along with a 4-0 victory for Marseille on Friday against their south-coast rivals Nice.

Before PSG, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic available again after injury, face Saint-Etienne, Lyon travel to promoted Metz in Sunday`s other game.