Josh Maja delivers for Bordeaux as Kalu dazzled in Montpellier draw

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Bordeaux's Nigerian forward Samuel Kalu (L) vies with Montpellier's Argentine goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli (R) during the French L1 football match between FC Girondins de Bordeaux and Montpellier on August 17, 2019, at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux, southwestern France. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Bordeaux avoided another defeat in Ligue this weekend as they fought hard and from behind to tie Montpellier 1-1 at home in the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux.

Nigerian Winger Samuel Kalu was on the pitch for a second straight game and got all 90 minutes, but came off short on delivering for Les Girondins.

 

With the game slipping away and just 20 minutes left to salvage something, second half substitute Josh Maja was the man to turn to for Paulo Sousa’s side.

 

The 20 year-old latched on a long ball after a failed clearance. He ran behind the defenders, turning two and the goalkeeper before slotting home.

 

It was a surreal moment for the number 9, but also for 33 year-old former French International Laurent Koscielny, who made his debut since joining from Arsenal.

 

Saturday’s result lifts them out of the early bottom sides in the red zone, but with just a point from a possible six.

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