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Latest update : 2009-08-23

Champions FC Girondins de Bordeaux returned to the top of Ligue 1 after a 4-0 trouncing of OGC Nice. In Sunday's other games, RC Lens prevailed 2-1 at Grenoble Foot 38, while LOSC Lille Métropole and Toulouse FC drew 1-1.

Reuters - Two goals from Yoann Gourcuff
helped champions Girondins Bordeaux maintain their perfect start
to the Ligue 1 campaign with a crushing 4-0 home win over Nice
on Sunday.

Bordeaux, who captured their first league crown in 10 years
in May, moved to the top of the standings and are the only side
on maximum points from three games.

Brazilian midfielder Jussie opened the scoring with a header
just before halftime. France playmaker Gourcuff then struck
twice from close range in the second half before captain Alou
Diarra wrapped it up with a headed goal on 76 minutes.

The team from the wine capital, who extended their record of
consecutive league victories to 14, including last season's run,
are two points ahead of Olympique Lyon, Paris St Germain and
Olympique Marseille who all played on Saturday.

Bordeaux needed time to get going in a game played under
stifling heat and survived a few scares early on but then
thrilled their fans with some clever moves.

"The score is flattering because we suffered in the first
half and needed time to find the right pace," Gourcuff, the
league's top scorer with four goals, said after proving his
worth once again.

Bordeaux will face a real test next weekend when they visit
Marseille, widely regarded as their main rivals for the title.

"Marseille are a strong side with good reinforcements and a
coach (Didier Deschamps) who knows all about the highest level,"
Gourcuff told French television channel Canal Plus.

"It should be a great match. We'll take it very seriously.
We know our run of wins will have to end one day but we want to
make it last for as long as we can."

Date created : 2009-08-23