French league giants Lyon were handed a rude wake-up call Sunday thanks to a 2-0 defeat to Bordeaux which left the former seven-time consecutive champions fourth from bottom of the table.
Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff had provided much of the pre-match buzz following his shock move to the Stade Gerland from Bordeaux two weeks ago.
But despite calmly brushing off the jeers of some disgruntled fans, the versatile France international failed to light up a match which left his new coach, Claude Puel, covering his face in despair.
In the end, goals by Bordeaux midfielder Alou Diarra and a last-minute gem from Brazilian striker Jussie left Lyon with only one win, and five points, from six games.
Peul admitted that his side’s lack of success is starting to tell.
“We knew that the team who scored first would gain a psychological edge,” said Puel, who virtually admitted he is not looking forward to next weekend’s Rhone derby against table-toppers Saint Etienne.
“Looking at the table, it’s worrying because we’ve got important matches coming up, like the derby, and the Champions League.
“Things are just not going right for us.”
Like many of the so-called big French clubs, Lyon included, Bordeaux’s start to the 2010 campaign had struggled to take off.
This was only their second win in six games, and they are still eighth from bottom in a table dominated by former French and European giants Saint-Etienne, who share 13 points with Toulouse but lead by virtue of superior goals difference.
After sweeping aside Lyon, who won the title seven years in succession from 2002-2008, Girondins coach Jean Tigana will be hoping they have turned the corner, especially after their first win at home this season.
“It’s great to see our fans like that, it gives us a lot of confidence. I sent out an attacking team tonight and it’s paid off,” said Tigana.
“Now we have to maintain this kind of form against all the teams, little or small. I’m not getting over-excited, but if we had lost tonight it would have been catastrophic.”
Bordeaux opened the scoring through Diarra on the hour mark to heap the pressure on.
And as Lyon battled for a late equaliser, Jussie’s fine individual effort three minutes into injury time provided a painful finale to the match for the visitors.
Released deep in midfield, Jussie kept possession throughout a mazy run which took him past three Lyon players before he sent what looked like a weak low shot under the diving Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris.
Earlier Rennes spurned the chance to move to the top of the table when they were held to a goalless draw at Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.
The draw means Rennes remain in third place, a point behind Toulouse and leaders Saint Etienne, who are top of the table for first time since 1982. PSG move up to ninth.
In the day’s other early kick-off, a last-minute goal from summer signing Moussa Sow earned Lille a 1-0 win at home to Auxerre.
Auxerre, who lost 2-0 at AC Milan in the Champions League in midweek, remain in the bottom three and are without a win this term.
Saint-Etienne went top with a 3-0 victory at home to Montpellier on Saturday, with champions Marseille climbing to eighth on the back of a 3-0 win at bottom club Arles-Avignon.
Lyon travel to Bordeaux in the weekend’s headline game later on Sunday.
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