Marseille take first league win at covid-depleted Bordeaux since 1977

Marseille take their first league victory at Bordeaux since 1977 thanks to Cengiz Under goal… while fan protests are held before the game after the host’s request to postpone the match was turned down despite Covid crisis

  • Bordeaux had a request to postpone the game turned down by the LFP
  • They had as many as 21 games absent for their last game against Brest 
  • Cengiz Under gave Marseille the lead after 37 minutes after a defensive error
  •  Bordeaux fans protested before the game which was behind closed doors 

Cengiz Underâs first-half strike earned Olympique de Marseille their first league away win in 44 years against COVID-hit Bordeaux on Friday, as a 1-0 victory sent the visitors second in Ligue 1.

The Turkey international pounced on a poor goal kick from Bordeaux captain Benoit Costil to fire home after 37 minutes, ending a 36-match unbeaten run for the hosts in this fixture, stretching back to October 1977.

The result left Marseille second with 36 points, 10 behind runaway leaders Paris St Germain, while Bordeaux remain 17th with 17 points.

It took Marseille 37 minutes to score against a weakened Bordeaux through Cengiz Under 

Bordeaux coach Vladimir Petkovic was without 17 first-team members for Covid-related reasons

A steward watches on from the stands as the match was played behind closed doors due to the pandemic

The home side were decimated by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, with 17 first-team members unavailable for COVID-related reasons, but their request earlier in the week to postpone the fixture fell on deaf ears.

In-form Marseille were soon on top at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, which was left empty after the home side decided to close doors following their postponement request and with infections on the rise.

Duje Caleta-Car stabbed a shot off the post from close range early on and Marseilleâs pressure eventually told when Under found the bottom corner following Costilâs error.

The goalkeeper made amends for his mistake after the break by producing sharp saves to deny Caleta-Car, Matteo Guendouzi and Under, but the hosts could not find an equaliser.

Bordeaux supporters hold a placard against the French Football Professional League

Laurent Koscielny arrives to the stadium before the game amid protests by supporters

Bordeaux fans with flares outside the stadium in the build-up to the club’s clash with Marseille

The Bordeaux team bus is greeted by their supporters who weren’t allowed inside the stadium


Bordeaux (4-4-2): Costil; Pembele, Rode Gregersen, Mexer, Kwateng; Dilrosun (Bakwa 80), Lacoux (Mara 71), Sissokho (Barbosa 75), Oudin (Adil 71); Elis, Hwang (Niang 80)

Booked: Sissokho

Marseille (4-4-3): Lopez; Peres Petroni, Caleta-Car, Saliba, Lirola; Harit (Balerdi 75), Kamara, Guendouzi; Henrique (De La Fuente 75, Payet, Under (Targhalline 90+4)

Goal: Under 37 

Booked: Lopez 

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