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Wednesday, 27 January 2010 00:27

Andrade scores, then sees red as Bordeaux down Le Mans

Le Mans 2-3 Bordeaux

Le Mans captain Joao Paulo Andrade had an eventful evening as his side were knocked out of the French League Cup by Bordeaux at the Leon-Bollee this evening.

The former Porto stopper saw red in the final minute for a cynical professional foul as Le Mans came out on the losing end of a five-goal thriller. The Portuguese had earlier drawn his side level in an entertaining first half that saw four goals scored before the break.

Despite battling relegation in Ligue 1, Le Mans, who last month dispensed with Portuguese coach Paulo Duarte, started the match on the front foot, with Anthony Le Tallec missing an excellent chance in the first minute. However, the former Liverpool man soon made amends, skipping through the Bordeaux defence and firing the hosts ahead with five minutes played.

The lead lasted less than eight minutes, with Yoann Gouffran drawing the French champions level from close-range. Bordeaux went ahead on 35 minutes when star midfielder Yoann Gourcuff started and finished the move to put the current League Cup holders in the ascendancy.

Le Mans responded to the setback instantly, going straight back on the offensive, and it was skipper Andrade, signed by Paulo Duarte over the summer from FC Porto, who got them back into the game with a smart turn and finish just two minutes after Le Mans had gone behind.

The goals appeared likely to keep coming when, less than five minutes into the second half, Jaroslav Placil latched onto a Marouane Chamakh through ball to restore Bordeaux’s advantage, but that goal would prove the last of the scoring and enough to take the visitors through to the quarter-finals.

It was not the end of the drama for Andrade, however, who was sent off in the final minute of the match for a reckless lunge on Gourcuff as the Bordeaux man looked to spring a counter attack following a Le Mans corner.

By Sean Gillen

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