Kamano brace down the principality
Bordeaux’s François Kamano scored a stoppage-time winner as Bordeaux survived missing a penalty to beat 2017 Ligue 1 Conforama champions Monaco 2-1.
While waiting for Thierry Henry to potentially take over at the club, Bordeaux’s supporters knew how important it was for Les Girondins to score a first Ligue 1 Conforama win of the season under the temporary command of the long-serving Eric Bédouet. Monaco’s first loss of the season left them already five points off the pace being set by champions Paris Saint-Germain and Dijon.
Three days on from a solid display in the Europa League at Gent, Bordeaux had the first big chance of the match as Samuel Kalu fired against the post (24′). Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans (37′) went close with an effort from range that looked to have goalkeeper Benoît Costil beaten.
The lively Kalu earned a penalty early in the second half as he was fouled by Jemerson. François Kamano (49′) tucked it away, sending Diego Benaglio the wrong way. Benaglio (54′) then had to make a terrific save to prevent Kamano scoring again.
Jules Koundé, the young Bordeaux defender, had had a tough week. Sent off late on against Gent, he made a big mistake (63′) that allowed Pietro Pellegri, 17, to break free and score his first Ligue 1 Conforama goal with a left-footed shot that flew in.
Jemerson went close to scoring an own goal (76′) and then Bordeaux were awarded a second penalty as substitute Younousse Sankharé was fouled by Benaglio. Bordeaux switched penalty takers and Kalu had his kick saved by the Swiss goalkeeper. The Nigerian’s blushes were spared as Kamano (90+2′) curled a shot into the side netting as the Guinean international made it three goals in his last two Ligue 1 Conforama outings.
THE PLAYER: Pietro Pellegri
Signed for 25 million euros from Genoa in January, Pellegri managed only three substitute appearances for Monaco last term. On for the last 32 minutes here, the Italian was able to celebrate his maiden French league goal and looked very much at home from a technical standpoint, underlining the teenager’s great potential.
THE STAT: 4
By winning against Monaco, Bordeaux brought to an end a dismal run of four straight losses in the league to their opponents from the Principality.