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Nine-man Bayern edged out in Bordeaux

Bayern suffered a first Champions League defeat of term away to Girondins Bordeaux on Wednesday, falling 2-1 in a remarkable match that had it all, with two sendings-off, two saved penalties, and a shot off the woodwork which might have salvaged an unlikely point for Louis Van Gaal’s men.

The 32,850 full house at the Stade Chaban-Delmas saw Bayern take an early lead when Michael Ciani put through his own goal, but the same player artistically levelled on the half-hour for the increasingly assured home side. The visitors were reduced to ten men straight afterwards with Thomas Müller’s dismissal, and Marc Planus added to the misery with Bordeaux’s second four minutes from the break.

The second half developed into a pulsating affair with a welter of end-to-end action, both Yoann Gourcuff and Brazilian sub Jussie seeing penalties saved by Jörg Butt, Luca Toni hitting a post, and Bayern finishing the match with nine men after Daniel Van Buyten saw a straight red card for the foul leading to the second spot-kick.

In the Group A table, the defeat means Munich tumble to third on four points, three off new leaders Girondins and a point behind Juventus, 1-0 winners at home to Maccabi Haifa.