Cengiz Under strike as Marseille end 45-year wait to win at Bordeaux

Marseille won at Bordeaux in Ligue 1 for the first time since 1977 as Cengiz Under’s first-half goal secured a 1-0 win on Friday.

Cengiz Under scored the only goal of the game. Image: Twitter/@OM_English

Marseille won at Bordeaux in Ligue 1 for the first time since 1977 as Cengiz Under’s first-half goal secured a 1-0 victory on Friday.

The Turkish international punished a bad shot by goalkeeper Benoit Costil by scoring the game’s only goal eight minutes before half-time in an empty Bordeaux stadium.

The home side opted to play the game behind closed doors in response to league officials refusing their request for a postponement due to a slew of Covid-19 cases in the Bordeaux squad.

Only 5,000 fans are allowed to attend football matches under new government restrictions introduced in an attempt to curb soaring daily infection rates fueled by the Omicron strain of the virus.

Bordeaux announced on Wednesday that they have 17 players unavailable. They have returned 21 positive test results in the past three weeks and were forced to field several reserve team players in their Coupe de France game last weekend, which they lost 3-0 in Brest.

Marseille’s win was their first at Bordeaux in 37 attempts and lifted Jorge Sampaoli’s side past second-placed Nice, 10 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

“We are indeed very happy to end this long run,” Sampaoli said.

“It’s a big success so congratulations to the players. It was well known and we were made aware of it wherever we went.”

Bordeaux are just one point above the relegation play-off spot. They have won just three times in 20 league appearances under former Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic this season.

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