The clash of the titans ended up in a 1-1 tie, in a match that showcased the respective strengths of Bordeaux and Montpellier. Lyon having pitifully tied with the lowly Boulogne the night before, the two southern teams were going to battle for the leadership of L1, and things didn’t exactly go as planned for Bordeaux.
Just like against Marseille, the Girondins had one of their central defenders sent off, this time Mickaël Ciani, only this time it took place at the 32nd minute, and it caused a penalty. Set-piece specialist Alberto Costa walked up and took the penalty, which was saved by Cédric Carrasso, for whom the emotional roller coaster will have only started by then. Replays show that a few players from each team had entered the box before the PK was taken, but the referee decided not to pay attention to that, even if a Bordeaux player who had entered the box managed to clear the ball.
The drama doesn’t end here, as 8 minutes after that, Matthieu Chalmé was called for a blatant handball in the box, off a Montano header. The voluntary hand contact apparently didn’t warrant a second yellow card for the right-back, something Bordeaux can fell lucky about. The Columbian striker Montano relieved Costa of his PK-taking duties and took his chance at defeating a very confident Carrasso. The PK was in, a beautiful right-footed curler in the right corner of the net, but the referee saw it differently, and ordered for the PK to be taken again, since again both teams’ players had entered the box before the PK was taken. Admittedly a weird decision since there was no impact on the penalty iself. Montano was therefore asked to shoot again, and this time softly placed the ball to Carrasso’s low right-hand side, who had perfectly anticipated Montano’s intentions. Once again there were some renegade players who had entered the box, and once again a Bordeaux defender managed to clear the ball. (more…)
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