Marseille beat Girondins Bordeaux 1-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

A last minute goal by Laurent Batlles has handed Marseilles a 1-0 home victory over a 10-man Girondins Bordeaux in the season opener.

Marseille beat Girondins Bordeaux 1-0

Marseille:

A last minute goal by Laurent Batlles has handed Marseilles a 1-0 home victory over a 10-man Girondins Bordeaux in the season opener for both teams on Saturday. Batlles scored the goal in the 94th minute. Bordeaux lost defender Cyril Rool to a questionable red-card decision 20 minutes from full-time after TV replays showed Demetrius Ferreira deliberately fell to the ground. Chances were few in the opening phase of the game as Olympique Marseille met Girondins Bordeaux for their first match of the season. The first opportunity on goal came from Benoit Pedretti, Marseille's midfield signing from Sochaux. The France international saw Ulrich Rame off his line and hit the ball goalwards from 30 yards, but his imagination did not earn the reward it merited and the ball travelled wide of goal. As well as Pedretti two more new signings, Frederic Dehu and Peguy Luyindula, made their competitive debuts and Bruno Cheyrou came on as a substitute, but Bixente Lizarazu did not play. Both coaches, Jose Anigo of Marseille and his opposite number Michel Pavon, had organised their defences in diligent fashion, but it meant that goalscoring opportunities were rare. Steve Marlet, who has had his loan at OM from Fulham extended for another season, headed Pedretti's cross narrowly wide nine minutes before Cyril Rool was controversially sent off for a foul against Demetrius Ferreira. The tackle was late, but Ferreira made the most of it. Rool's departure inevitably meant Bordeaux were less solid, but they looked as though they would earn a point until Laurent Batlles made his contribution. His shot was directed perfectly, finding the top corner of the visitors' goal, and Anigo was an extremely relieved man on Saturday. (AP)



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