PARIS - Girondins Bordeaux fought back from three goals down to win 4-3 at Monaco on Sunday and go second in Ligue 1. Monaco, thumped 6-0 at home by Bordeaux last season, hoped for revenge after three goals in 50 minutes, including two by forward Alexandre Licata. Bordeaux, however, recovered, with two goals by Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh, before taking the points courtesy of Argentine marksman Fernando Cavenaghi one minute from time. "We were really awful in the first half," Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc told reporters. "My players must have felt they were already on holidays, although they did show character to come back." Last season's runners-up enter the winter break on 35 points from 19 games, three points behind Olympique Lyon, who made sure of reaching the halfway stage in the lead with a 1-0 win at Caen on Saturday. Surprise package Stade Rennes, who won 2-1 at Brittany derby rivals Lorient on Saturday, were in third, a further point adrift and a point ahead of fourth-placed Paris St Germain, held to a controversial 2-2 home draw by Valenciennes on Sunday. PSG were 2-1 up when a shot when a shot by Stephane Sessegnon hit the crossbar on 76 minutes and apparently landed behind the line, according to a video replay. Referee Bertrand Layec disallowed the effort and seven minutes later midfielder Siaka Tiene earned Valenciennes a share of the points. "I didn't hesitate for a second," Layec told reporters. "It was simply impossible for me to to say for sure whether the ball had crossed the line or not." Olympique Marseille lost ground with an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat by Nancy on Sunday that left them in fifth place, six points off the pace. "There's not much to say, they were good and we were bad, Marseille coach Eric Gerets, told reporters. "We were deservedly hammered."
21 December 2008
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