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Tiago Ilori helps Bordeaux move to second in Ligue 1

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Liverpool's young defender Tiago Ilori secured Girondins de Bordeaux a fine 1-1 draw against rivals Saint-Etienne on Thursday, which left the club second of the French Ligue 1 table.

Ilori, 21, who is on loan at Bordeaux for the 2014-15 season in France scored his second competitive goal of his career after deflecting the ball with the top of his shoulder directly to the right corner of the net.

A Diego Contento shot bounced over a busy penalty box and was caught by Llori who equalised six minutes before the interval, after conceding the first goal of the match on the half-hour mark.

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New strength

Contento, 24, who joined Bordeaux for around £2million from Bayern Munich this summer has given some strength defensively, as the defender spent 19 years evolving and playing through Bayern's Youth system and First team.

Ilori, however being unexperienced, will be a key player for the Girondins this season, as Liverpool's boss Brendan Rodgers saw some real potential in the youngster after securing his services for £7 million in 2013 from Sporting Lisbon Academy.

Both player were keen to join the South-West coast club this summer to work under new boss and Bayern Munich's legend Willy Sagnol.

Good start

Bordeaux have started the season well with an hat-trick winning their first-three fixtures including a 4-1 victory against last year's runners-up AS Monaco at home.

Now with seven matches played into the season Les Girondins have only lost one match and drew two and that is an impressive performance in Sagnol's first season at the club.

A win against Les Verts [Saint-Etienne] was something quite emotional for Sagnol, as the man was born in the City and evolved with the club early in his football career.

Back in contention

After some average results since Lauren Blanc departure in 2010, the club were rewinding and could not see any near glory either in Ligue 1 and European stages.

Finishing fifth and seventh of the Ligue 1 was the best they could achieve under Jean Tigana, Eric Bedouet, Francis Gillot throughout the past four years.

Blanc had brought the club back in the Champions League where they had reached the quarter-finals in the 2009-2010 campaign, after winning the French Ligue 1 the previous season.

Now, Bordeaux are back in contention to win another league tittle and return to the Champions League if they manage to finish in the top three.

With the new stadium being built ahead of the Euro 2016 Bordeaux will inaugurate their first game in May 2015 in their new 42,00 seats home of football, and bringing back some classic European nights in the new location would be amazing for the fans and players. 

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