Lyon woes continue with defeat at Bordeaux

Bordeaux: Olympique Lyon`s miserable start to the Ligue 1 season continued with a 2-0 defeat at Girondins Bordeaux.

Lyon slumped to 17th in the standings with five points from six games, just above the relegation zone and trailing leaders and arch-rivals St Etienne, whom they host next weekend, by eight points.

Lyon, champions seven years in a row from 2002, lost striker Lisandro Lopez with an achilles injury before succumbing to second-half goals by Alou Diarra and Jussie.

Playmaker Yoann Gourcuff, who joined Lyon from Bordeaux during the close season, was booed throughout the match and produced yet another below-par performance.

"Fair play is not the Bordeaux crowd`s prime quality," Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas told reporters.

"It`s a big disappointment because it was already a turning point. We had a good first half but unfortunately we could not do better," keeper Hugo Lloris added.

"It`s a shame but we will continue to work hard."

Claude Puel`s side were hoping to get into their stride following a 1-0 home win in their Champions League opener against Schalke 04 on Tuesday, but Bordeaux, who have also made a poor start this season, had other ideas.

In a packed Chaban Delmas stadium, the visitors had the first clear chance but Argentine Lisandro failed to find the target after being nicely set up by Jimmy Briand.

Bureau Report