Bordeaux crushes Nice 4-0 for 14th straight win

Aug 23, 2009 - 9:05 PM By JEROME PUGMIRE AP Sports Writer

PARIS(AP) -- Defending champion Bordeaux extended its record winning streak in the French league to 14 games by hammering Nice 4-0 on Sunday, with France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff scoring twice to take his tally to four in three games.

Brazilian winger Jussie and midfielder Alou Diarra got the other goals to maintain coach Laurent Blanc's team's perfect start this season with three straight wins to move top with nine points. Bordeaux won the last 11 games of last season to clinch the title on the final day.

Jussie scored in the 43rd minute when he headed in Benoit Tremoulinas' cross from the left, and Gourcuff made it 2-0 when he swapped passes with striker Marouane Chamakh, burst into the penalty area and scored from a narrow angle.

Gourcuff and Chamakh, who has three goals so far, are building on their instinctive understanding from last season. The highly-rated Gourcuff, signed from AC Milan, has now scored nine in his last nine league games for Les Girondins.

"(Gourcuff) has carried on where he left off last season. He is more experienced now, his role is well defined and his teammates understand how he plays," Blanc said. "He runs the show. Bordeaux relies on Gourcuff, and that's normal."

Gourcuff made it 3-0 in the 70th minute when he latched onto a pass from Yoan Gouffran and finished clinically, and Diarra completed the rout when he headed in Wendel's cross in the 76th minute.

"We wear our opponents down. Our opponents chase after the ball and it ends up tiring them out," Gourcuff said. "That creates space for us and helps us score more easily."

In Sunday night's game, Lille looked to be heading for its first win of the season but Toulouse salvaged a draw thanks to an equalizer in the 74th minute when defender Cheik M'Bengue headed in Daniel Braaten's pass.

Robert Vittek gave Lille the lead just before halftime with a deflected shot into the roof of the net.

Brazilian striker Eduardo gave Lens the lead in the seventh minute, but Grenoble took only five minutes to pull level when Serbia forward Danijel Ljuboja scored.

Eduardo, who joined after helping second division club Guingamp win the French Cup, opened the scoring with a moment of skill, rolling the ball over his foot, moving past a defender and firing a low shot past goalkeeper Jody Viviani.

Ljuboja equalized when he profited from defender Alaeddine Yahia's mistake, and scored past goalie Vedran Runje. But Razak Boukari got the winning goal for Lens in the 70th minute when he headed home a free kick.

On Saturday, Lyon's clinical 3-0 win at Auxerre showed early promise that Claude Puel's side can challenge for the title despite selling star striker Karim Benzema to Real Madrid.

In Saturday's other games, it was: Le Mans 2, Nancy 1; Monaco 2, Lorient 0; Montpellier 2, Sochaux 0; Rennes 1, Marseille 1; Saint-Etienne 0, Boulogne 1; and Valenciennes 2, Paris Saint-Germain 3.






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