Samuel Kalu had a frustrating afternoon at the Matmut Atlantique as Bordeaux bowed to a 1-0 loss against Saint-Etienne, after a late goal from Gabon's Denis Bouanga.

Samuel Kalu had a frustrating afternoon at the Matmut Atlantique as Bordeaux bowed to a 1-0 loss against Saint-Etienne, after a late goal from Gabon’s Denis Bouanga.

After missing Nigeria’s 1-1 draw against Brazil due to injury, Kalu made a quick return to action on Sunday for his ninth Ligue 1 appearance of the season but could not grab his second goal of the season.

He had an underwhelming display and was replaced by South Korea’s Hwang Ui-jo in the 55th minute.

The 22-year-old struggled to penetrate Saint-Etienne’s defence, registering just a single shot – his only attempt on target before his substitution.

In addition, the Nigeria international had the least number of passes (20), the least pass accuracy (60 per cent) and was the second-most dispossessed player in Paulo Sousa’s squad.

His compatriot Josh Maja was introduced as an 84th-minute substitute for Morocco’s Youssef Ait Bennasser, but Gabonese winger Bouanga separated the teams with his effort from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

The defeat dropped Bordeaux to fifth on the Ligue 1 table with 15 points after 10 matches.

Kalu and Maja will be looking to rediscover their goalscoring boots when Bordeaux visit Victor Osimhen’s Lille for their next league match on October 26.

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