Saturday, September 17, 2011

17 September 2002 - Bordeaux's Beautiful Symmetry

On 17 September 2002, Bordeaux won by a record margin, beating Slovakian club ŠK Matador Púchov by the score of 6-0.

The teams met at the Stade Chaban-Delmas for the opening leg of their UEFA Cup first-round match-up. Playing before a crowd of 12,700, it took the hosts a while to take the lead with the day's first score coming from center back David Sommeil in the 23rd minute, but the goals flowed regularly after that. A 36th-minute strike from forward Christophe Dugarry extended the lead to 2-0 and his second-half replacement winger Pascal Feindouno, pushed it to 3-0 in the 61st minute.

Pauleta (pictured), Ligue 1's top goalscorer the previous season, contributed a 68th-minute penalty kick, followed by a Matador own-goal from Pavol Vavrik ten minutes later. Finally, striker Jean-Claude Darcheville found the net in the 89th minute to complete the 6-0 rout.

Matador did slightly better in the second leg, losing 1-4, then returned to the competition the following season, drawing 1-1 at home with Barcelona before losing the second leg 8-0. Bordeaux, meanwhile, advanced to the third round of the 2002-03 tournament where they lost to Anderlecht.

The 6-0 scoreline remains Bordeaux's record win, matched in the reverse by their record loss, a 6-0 defeat to Parma in 1999 (also in the UEFA Cup).

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