Marseille to meet Bordeaux in Coupe de la Ligue FinalBy: Thomas | February 17th, 2010
Earlier this evening, while the football world’s attention was focused on some abysmal goalkeeping and refereeing in Porto and Munich respectively, a brilliant semifinal was being played out in southern Bretagne. It was another “father versus son” battle as Cristian Gourcuff’s Lorient bravely took on a heavily favored Bordeaux team featuring Yoann Gourcuff.
In the scramble following a Lorient corner, Ligue 1 rookie center back Laurent Koscielny poked it into the net to give the Brittany side the lead.
A little over ten minutes later, Koscielny undid all his hard work, pulling down a streaking Marouane Chamakh in the box and earning a strait red card. Wendel calmly converted the ensuing penalty.
With Lorient down to ten men, Bordeaux had taken control, and five minutes later they took the lead, Marouane Chamakh scoring the longest header I’ve seen since, well, Martin Palermo.
In the 80th minute, Jaro Plasil was stretchered off the field after Marchal cliped him right outside the box. Wendel converted the free kick, his third in three matches from the same position. Defenders should learn not to foul Les Girondins on the right side of the box when Wendel is on the pitch (This is further proof to my argument that Wendel is the new king of the free kick. Doubters, take note).
With the match drawing to a close, substitute Yoann Gouffran cemented the progression with a screamer on a counterattack.
This result means that Bordeaux will take on Olympique de Marseille in the Stade de France for the CDL final in ten days time. Mark your calendars, as it should be a tense and exciting match.