Tigana's Bordeaux make losing start
Garry Bocaly's goal handed Jean Tigana a losing start to his reign as Bordeaux boss at Stade de la Mosson on Sunday.
Tigana took over from Laurent Blanc this summer after the man who led them to the 2008/09 Ligue 1 title left to become France coach. But his first league game in charge did not go to plan as full-back Bocaly scored a minute into the second half to earn Montpellier victory.
The visitors carved out the game's first chance, Wendel firing wide with a left-footed strike, while at the other end Olivier Giroud headed Souleymane Camara's cross narrowly wide.
Montpellier were Ligue 1's surprise package last season. They were only promoted to the top flight the previous year but stayed in the title hunt for much of the campaign before finishing fifth, one place and five points ahead of their opponents. But they were almost behind after 12 minutes as Wendel made ground down the left and picked out Benoit Tremoulinas, but his instant volley smacked against a post.
Montpellier's Marco Estrada then had an effort deflected behind by Bordeaux goalkeeper Kevin Olimpa. But Olimpa was beaten just after the restart as Estrada released Bocaly, who got to the ball ahead of defender Alou Diarra and steered it into the net.
Yoan Gouffran was denied by a block from home goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren and Wendel sent a free-kick just wide as Bordeaux sought out an equaliser, but it did not come.