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21 August 2020 20:50

Pedro Chirivella (Nantes) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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Soccer-10-man Bordeaux held by Nantes as Ligue 1 makes sluggish return

And 166 days after Lille and Lyon played the final game of that campaign on March 8, Bordeaux hosted Nantes at the Matmut Atlantique to get the 2020-21 season under way. They provided little for the small socially distanced crowd in the stadium to get excited about, with Bordeaux midfielder Mehdi Zerkane's dismissal following a VAR review of his foul on Nicolas Pallois the main flashpoint of a game low on quality. Laurent Koscielny mishit a pass out from the back which Nantes failed to capitalise upon (10') but apart from that near fright the hosts looked more positive, with Hwang Ui-jo nutmegging Fabio and drawing a corner from Andrei Girotto (15'). Tomas Basic stung Alban Lafont's legs with a shot from outside the box (37') before Otavio tried to catch the young Fiorentina-owned goalkeeper off his guard with an early goal of the season entry, but his lofted shot from range sailed wide (38'). Hwang then sent a free header over Lafont's crossbar following a corner on the stroke of half-time (45') and the teams went in for the break with the deadlock intact.

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Bordeaux coach Jean Louis Gasset brought Rémi Oudin on in place of Josh Maja for the second half (46'), the fresh legs up front intended to help run Nantes down in their own half, but the visitors were livelier after the restart, Gasset's opposite number Christian Gourcuff's words no doubt ringing in their ears. Bordeaux striker Jimmy Briand then replaced Nicolas de Préville in another like-for-like change for les Girondins (63'). Kader Bamba earned a dangerous-looking free-kick with 20 minutes left to play, but the midfielder slammed his subsequent effort straight into Bordeaux's wall (72'). Basic then shook off a knock picked up after denying Imran Louza a clean shot at goal (77'). The last time les Canaris left French wine country with all three points was all the way back in November 2013, when Vincent Bessat, Papy Djilobodji and Filip Djordjevic scored in a 3-0 win at Bordeaux's old Stade Chaban-Delmas.

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Taylor Swift has once again set the standard for humanity by donating more than £23,000 to fund a student "dream" degree after she was denied student loan funding. Vitoria Mario left her loved ones in Portugal behind for Britain four years ago, determined to take on a degree in mathematics. But the joy she felt over receiving an unconditional offer for a four-year course at Warwick University quickly turned into panic when she found out she was ineligible for government-issued for maintenance loans or grants. Taylor Swift donates thumping sum to star student's university college crowdfund. "Of course, I have to thank Taylor Swift for donating more than £23k towards my campaign," she wrote.

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Of course I have to thank @taylorswift13 for donating more than £23k towards my campaign♥️♥️ I wouldn't have reached my target so quickly if it wasn't for you❣️❣️ May God bless you abundantly — Vitoria (@vitoriamariox) August 20, 2020 Girondins de Bordeaux were reduced to 10 men early on but still salvaged a point in a lacklustre 0-0 home draw against Nantes in the first game of the 2020-2021 Ligue 1 season on Friday. Nantes dominated for the most part after the 20-year-old Mehdi Zerkane, making his Ligue 1 debut, was shown a straight red card for a rough challenge on Nicolas Pallois. Match ends, Bordeaux 0, Nantes 0. 95' Second Half ends, Bordeaux 0, Nantes 0. 94' Pedro Chirivella (Nantes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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90' Yellow card Bridge Ndilu (Nantes) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 90' Foul by Bridge Ndilu (Nantes). 88' Yellow card Pedro Chirivella (Nantes) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 88' Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Andrei Girotto (Nantes) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

86' Yellow card Otávio (Bordeaux) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 85' Imran Louza (Nantes) wins a free kick on the right wing. 84' Andrei Girotto (Nantes) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 71' Laurent Koscielny (Bordeaux) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Abdoul Kader Bamba (Nantes) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 70' Abdoul Kader Bamba (Nantes) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 64' Foul by Kalifa Coulibaly (Nantes). 64' Remi Oudin (Bordeaux) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Otávio (Bordeaux) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. 60' Nicolas de Preville (Bordeaux) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 58' Yellow card Nicolas de Preville (Bordeaux) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. 58' Alban Lafont (Nantes) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 54' Samuel Moutoussamy (Nantes) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 53' Toma Basic (Bordeaux) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 53' Fabio (Nantes) wins a free kick on the right wing. 53' Foul by Nicolas de Preville (Bordeaux). Pedro Chirivella (Nantes) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. 49' Charles Traoré (Nantes) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 48' Otávio (Bordeaux) wins a free kick on the right wing. 48' Foul by Samuel Moutoussamy (Nantes). 45' Second Half begins Bordeaux 0, Nantes 0. 47' First Half ends, Bordeaux 0, Nantes 0. Assisted by Nicolas de Preville with a cross following a corner. 44' Yellow card Charles Traoré (Nantes) is shown the yellow card. 44' Nicolas de Preville (Bordeaux) wins a free kick on the right wing. 44' Foul by Charles Traoré (Nantes). Hwang Ui-Jo (Bordeaux) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. 40' Hwang Ui-Jo (Bordeaux) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Otávio (Bordeaux) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right. Toma Basic (Bordeaux) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Samuel Moutoussamy (Nantes) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. 29' Maxime Poundjé (Bordeaux) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 29' Foul by Abdoul Kader Bamba (Nantes). Moses Simon (Nantes) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Samuel Moutoussamy (Nantes) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 16' Foul by Mehdi Zerkane (Bordeaux). 16' Nicolas Pallois (Nantes) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 11' Josh Maja (Bordeaux) wins a free kick in the attacking half. 11' Foul by Pedro Chirivella (Nantes). 9' Foul by Toma Basic (Bordeaux). 9' Abdoul Kader Bamba (Nantes) wins a free kick on the right wing. 5' Hwang Ui-Jo (Bordeaux) wins a free kick on the left wing. 5' Foul by Imran Louza (Nantes).