PARIS (AFP) – Bordeaux failed to take the chance to go provisionally top of the Ligue 1 table on Friday as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat away to struggling Reims.
Willy Sagnol’s side had enjoyed a fine start to the campaign and had scored in every game before travelling to Champagne country to face a Reims side with the worst defensive record in the division.
However, Les Girondins were poor and remain without a win in the top flight at Reims since December 1962.
The only goal at the Stade Auguste-Delaune came in bizarre fashion in the 32nd minute, when a cross from the right flank by
Cape Verde winger Odair Fortes appeared to take a deflection off Julien Faubert and flew into the net, catching ‘keeper Cedric Carrasso off his line.
Bordeaux remain two points behind leaders Marseille, who can extend their lead on Saturday when they go to Caen chasing a seventh successive victory.
Meanwhile, Reims move three points clear of the relegation zone with a win that eases the pressure on coach Jean-Luc Vasseur, who was only appointed in the summer but looked at risk of losing his job after following a 5-0 defeat to Marseille with a 3-0 reverse at Metz.