French Ligue One Roundup, Mar. 10

Ireneusz Jelen scored twice in the second half Wednesday to give

Auxerre a 2-1 away win over French league leader Bordeaux.

Defending champion Bordeaux, which has one game in hand,

still tops the standings on goal difference. Bordeaux and

Montpellier have 52 points each, just one more than Auxerre which

moved up to third place.

Following a 1-1 draw at home against Montpellier last

weekend, Laurent Blanc’s team was looking to bounce back and move

three points clear at the top of the league but instead conceded

its second loss at home this season.

Going through a poor run of results, Bordeaux has managed

just one win in its last five league matches.

Benoit Tremoulinas’ lucky goal in the first half had given

the home side a 1-0 lead but Laurent Blanc’s side was overwhelmed

after the interval, in a game that was rescheduled from the 25th

round.

Having recovered from a hamstring injury that kept him out

for a month, Bordeaux captain Alou Diarra started the game, while

Jaroslav Plasil and Geraldo Wendel were replaced by Gregory Sertic

and Jussie in Laurent Blanc’s starting lineup. Diarra asked to be

replaced at halftime because of pains in his left thigh.

Bordeaux started strongly and quickly opened the scoring when

Tremoulinas’ cross from the left was deflected by Pedretti, who

lobbed his own goalkeeper Olivier Sorin in the seventh minute.

The Auxerre players looked demoralized and struggled to

recover, failing to keep possession for long periods.

France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff served up Gregory Sertic with

a beautiful pass in the 16th minute but Sorin palmed the

midfielder’s powerful strike onto the bar.

Auxerre improved in the second half and Jelen leveled in the

63rd with a clinical left-foot strike after being set up by Daniel

Niculae.

The Poland striker struck his ninth goal of the season six

minutes before the end, sending the ball onto the bar before

scoring from the rebound.