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Simon Brotherton reports
"Bordeaux will wonder how they finished empty-handed"
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Roy Keane
"Solksjaer does it all the time in training"`
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Tuesday, 7 March, 2000, 22:54 GMT
Solskjaer saves the day

Keane takes his second chance to equalise
Bordeaux 1-2 Man Utd

Another late European strike from super-sub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer snatched victory in Bordeaux to take Manchester United to the top of Champions League Group B.

The Norwegian frontman, who scored the injury time winner in last year's final, produced a piece of trademark opportunism six minutes from time to give the visitors a win they barely deserved.


Save all your kisses: Solskjaer did it again
Bordeaux had battled gamely throughout, despite playing two-thirds of the game with only 10 men, and they will be mystified as to how they failed to claim at least a point from the match.

The French side had taken a surprise early lead - thanks to a dreadful mistake from United keeper Raimond Van der Gouw.

And although Roy Keane levelled the scores for United, Bordeaux continued to set the pace and constantly threatened Van der Gouw's goal.


Solskjaer's finish was absolutely world class. I think if he gets the opportunity he's capable. He's one of the best finishers in the game, no question about that.

Sir Alex Ferguson
The visitors struggled at the back all night, as Mickael Silvestre and Jaap Stam failed to contain the livewire presence of Johan Micoud and Sylvain Wiltord.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will not have been impressed with the performance of his team.

But he will know they have taken another big step towards successfully defending their European crown.

Dutch blunder

Michel Pavon put Bordeaux ahead in farcical fashion after nine minutes.

Dutch keeper Van der Gouw - who has only recently been drafted into the team after Ferguson dropped first-choice Mark Bosnich - should have comfortably held Pavon's speculative long-range shot.


Pavon tries his luck...
But somehow the ball squirmed out of his grasp and over the line. It was Bordeaux's first goal in 473 minutes of Champions League action.

Bordeaux's chances suffered a major setback mid-way through the first half when star striker Lilian Laslandes was sent off for two bookable offences.

Within 20 seconds of picking up a first yellow card for playing on after the referee had blown for offside, he caught David Beckham with a high challenge and was duly dismissed.


...And Van der Gouw palms the ball into the net
Bordeaux were well worth their lead, though, as they looked to gain revenge for United's 2-0 victory at Old Trafford last week.

Captain Keane came to United's rescue when he levelled the scores in the 33rd minute.

The Irishman was sent clear on goal by Teddy Sheringham and although his first shot was saved by goalkeeper Ulrich Rame, he followed up to find the net.

The equaliser had more than a hint of good fortune about it, however, as replays showed that Sheringham was probably in an offside position earlier in the move.

Despite being a man down, Bordeaux continued to threaten and United suffered two major scares either side of half-time.


Beckham is felled and Laslandes is sent off
First Wiltord created a clearcut opening by dancing around Jaap Stam, only to put his effort just wide.

And then five minutes after the break, Micoud out-paced United's strangely flat-footed defence before firing a fierce right-foot shot against Van der Gouw's near post.

The visitors had their own chances to take the lead, however.

Andy Cole shot past the post after being sent clear by Nicky Butt and Rame saved well from Ryan Giggs.

Still Bordeaux pushed on and Micoud volleyed wide before Van der Gouw was forced to save from Wiltord.


Under pressure: Silvestre heads clear from Laslandes
Ten minutes from time Van der Gouw made some amends for his howler when he dived to his right to turn away another shot from Wiltord after more good work from Mucoud.

But if there is one thing United have proved in their last two European campaigns, it is that they know how to get results from unpromising situations.

And subsitute Solskjaer claimed the points after 84 minutes when he collected a long ball, beat two defenders and side-footed past the helpless Rame.

Teams:

Bordeaux: Rame, Grenet, Saveljic, Afanou, Bonnissel, Ziani, Batlles, Pavon, Micoud, Wiltord, Laslandes.
Subs: Richert, Rouviere, Diabate, Zanotti, Colucci, Feindouno.

Man Utd: Van Der Gouw, G Neville, Stam, Silvestre, Irwin, Beckham, Keane, Butt, Giggs, Sheringham, Cole.
Subs: Bosnich, P Neville, Cruyff, Yorke, Solskjaer, Berg, Fortune.

Referee: J Wegereef (Holland)

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