PARIS (AP) — Bordeaux missed the chance to move provisionally up to fifth place in the French league after losing 1-0 away to Bastia on Saturday.
Midfielder Adama Ba scored the winning goal in the 42nd minute of a hard-fought match as Bastia moved up to 12th, one place ahead of Nice, which beat Ajaccio 2-0 thanks to goals in each half from Belgian midfielder Christian Bruls and Argentine striker Dario Cvitanich's eighth of the season.
Following a bright spell of form, eighth-place Bordeaux has lost three straight games in all competitions and lost 3-1 at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the League Cup quarterfinals this week.
Bordeaux coach Francis Gillot was angry with his players.
"We're asking ourselves how we could have lost this match. We didn't take our chances and the first one they get they score an offside goal, in my opinion," Gillot said. "Even a draw would have disappointed us, so as for a defeat ..."
Gillot was without forwards Jussie of Brazil and Cheick Diabate of Mali and recently signed Guillaume Hoarau to boost his options up front.
"Our two best strikers are injured and it's tough," Gillot said. "We've undone all the hard work we did in December. Everything worries me at the moment. When we play like that we can't look forward. As long as we don't have a goal-scorer there's no point in talking."
Elsewhere, Lorient climbed up to ninth place after beating Guingamp 2-0 at home.
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