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Bordeaux down a depleted Bayern Munich as Juventus beat Maccabi Haifa.
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2009 22:47 GMT

Bordeaux' defender Michael Ciani takes the plaudits following his goal [AFP]
Bordeaux missed two penalties but still came from behind to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 and move to the top of Uefa Champions League's Group A .

Defender Michael Ciani's own goal in the sixth minute had put four-time European champion Bayern ahead before Ciani made up for his mistake with a superb volley with his heel.

Marc Planus scored Bordeaux's winner in the 40th.

Bayern was reduced to ten men after just half an hour when midfielder Thomas Muller fouled Matthieu Chalme and picked up his second yellow card.

The German team lost a second player after Daniel Van Buyten was red-carded in the 87th.

Bordeaux has seven points from three games in Group A, Juventus is second with five points after beating Maccabi Haifa 1-0 in Italy, while Bayern is third with four.

France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff started his first match since picking up a thigh injury against Maccabi Haifa last month behind lone striker Marouane Chamakh.

Early action

In a soldout Chaban-Delmas stadium, Bordeaux created its first chance in the fifth minute when Benoit Tremoulinas' low cross from the left found Fernando, who dragged his shot wide.

But Bordeaux's good opening didn't last long, with Ciani scoring an own goal from Holger Badstuber's corner a minute later. Bayern defender Daniel Van Buyten deflected the ball onto Ciani, whose fluffed clearance beat goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso.

Gourcuff then sent a perfect pass through the Bayern defense for Chamack, but the Morocco striker missed the target.

Bordeaux then stepped up the pace and Bayern were penalised for foul after foul, with Thomas Muller and Badstuber both being booked. In the 18th minute, Bordeaux midfielder Wendel fired a 25-meter free kick that bounced in front of Hans-Jorg Butt, forcing the Bayern goalkeeper to a one-handed save.

Missing key players Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Ivica Olic, Bayern couldn't hold onto the lead, and in the 27th Ciani neatly volleyed home from a corner.

Man down for Bayern

Bayern was reduced to ten men moments later when Muller fouled Matthieu Chalme for his second yellow card.

Bordeaux gradually took a stranglehold on the match, with Wendel missing a header from close range before defender Planus put his team ahead five minutes before the break when he took advantage of Hamit Altintop's poor clearance to shoot into the far corner.

Bayern, who hadn't conceded a goal in its first two Champions League games, struggled to find space after the interval and relied on set pieces to threaten Bordeaux's goal, with Italy striker Luca Toni short of chances up front.

Bordeaux, coming off two consecutive losses in the French league, wasted a good chance to increase its lead when Gourcuff missed a penalty after Butt fouled Chamakh.

Toni then missed Bayern's best chance in the 72th when his header from three meters out hit the post.

Bayern was reduced to nine men three minutes from time when Daniel Van Buyten was red-carded for pulling down Chamakh in the box but Jussie's penalty was once again saved by Butt.

Juventus get first win of campaign

Juventus beat Maccabi Haifa 1-0 thanks to a goal from defender Giorgio Chiellini to record its first win in the Champions League group stage.

Chiellini scored the winner in the 47th minute and Maccabi Haifa's Tiago Dutra was sent off in the 69th for a foul on the Italy defender.

The result moves Juventus into second place in Group A with five points after draws against Bordeaux and Bayern Munich.

Haifa could have taken the lead in the second minute when striker Vladimir Dvalishvili forced Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon into a sharp save from a diving header.

Juventus had its first chance in the eighth minute. David Trezeguet went down under pressure from Haifa defender Jorge Teixeira on the edge of area, but Nir Davidovitch pushed away Fabio Grosso's powerful free kick.

Juventus controlled the play throughout the first half, but was unable to find a way past Haifa's dogged defence.

Trezeguet hooked a shot wide, Grosso's effort was blocked and Diego failed to find the target with a free kick.

Juventus finally grabbed the lead when Mauro Camoranesi whipped a free kick to the far post, where Chiellini rose above the defense to head home.

Juventus had several chances to increase the lead. Diego chipped Davidovitch, but the shot drifted wide, Trezeguet went close from Grosso's cross and Sebastien Giovinco saw his drive saved.

Haifa went down to 10 men when Dutra went in high on Chiellini's shin, but even the numerical advantage didn't help Juventus.

With seven minutes to go, Dekel Keinan's came close to equalising, but his header was held by Buffon. Camoranesi should have wrapped up the match two minutes later, but his low shot came back off the post.

Buffon again came to Juventus' rescue in injury time when he saved Mohammad Ghadir's shot after the home defence had allowed the Israeli striker to break through.

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