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Week 1 review: Back with a bang!

Week 1 review: Back with a bang!

Publish on 08/09 at 09:50 - L. DAVEY


Ligue 1 Uber Eats is back! After a long summer, France's top-flight teams laced up their boots once again ahead of an exciting season. A breath-taking first weekend of action produced some fantastic football from the new boys, difficulties for the main protagonists, comebacks aplenty and despite the return of supporters to the stands, no home wins were registered.

Burak late show rescues champions

LOSC Captain José Fonte was full of praise for Burak Yilmaz after the Turk's injury time equaliser snatched a point for champions LOSC at 10-man Metz, in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Stade Saint Symphorien.

LOSC found themselves 3-1 down with nine minutes to go despite taking the lead through Sven Botman (23'). Jonathan Ikoné reduced the arrears (81') before the champions' last-gasp leveller.

"I'm happy for Burak, who is there to score goals. I am also happy with Jonathan," said last season's title winning captain, Fonte. "It's important to have players who are decisive and who can change the game. It was a great game for the fans, with a lot of goals."

Victorious PSG lack fizz in Champagne country

A quickfire double from Achraf Hakimi by Mauro Icardi ensured Paris Saint-Germain were able to cancel out an early deficit, to win 2-1 at newly promoted Troyes.

Oualid El Hajjam took advantage of some lacklustre defending to head Troyes in front (9') before two smart finishes by Hakimi and Icardi put the Parisians in the ascendancy.

PSG held on despite riding their luck for large periods as Troyes pushed for what would have been a deserved point.

"We didn't play the full 90 minutes the way we wanted to," said a relieved PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino. "There were good and not-so-good periods in the game. Troyes deserve a lot of credit. I think they played very well. It was really difficult, but we know the start of the season is always difficult. The most important thing is to win the three points."

"Disappointed" Kovac rues missed opportunity

Monaco head coach Niko Kovac conceded his disappointment at his sides failure to take advantage of their first half dominance in a 1-1 draw at home to Nantes.

Gelson Martins' outstretched finish put the principality outfit deservedly ahead (14') but Monaco's relentless pressure in search for a second goal backfired when Nantes found themselves level pegging thanks to Jean-Charles Castelletto's smart header (42').

"They only had one chance and made it count. For our part, we had a lot of chances without being able to score more. We’re a little disappointed, but that’s football," said the frustrated Croatian. "In the second half, Nantes sat deep and defended very well. But I saw some really good things from us in the first half.

Brest put Bosz under the cosh

New Lyon coach Peter Bosz also had a challenging start to the season as his side shared in the spoils in a 1-1 draw at home to Brest.

Irvin Cardona's neat run and tidy finish deservedly fired Michel Der Zakarian's Brest side ahead (43'). Algeria international Islam Slimani got Lyon back on level terms just after the hour as Lyon stuttered in front of their returning fans.


"We are disappointed. We dropped two points against Brest. We only had one chance, through Moussa Dembele in the first half," said Bosz after the final whistle. "Everyone wanted the ball at their feet, we lacked verticality. It was very easy for Brest to defend, and they have great qualities but we're not ready yet. We need more time."

Payet masterclass revives OM

A Dimitri Payet double inspired a Marseille comeback after falling two goals behind in a frantic but eventful 3-2 win at Montpellier. The hosts who were second best much of the first half, found themselves in front when Marseille's Luan Peres unintentionally turned the ball into his net (30'). Olivier Dall'Oglio's Montpellier took advantage of a ruffled Marseille and quickly grabbed a second from Gaetan Laborde (34').

Turkey International Cengiz Under threw Jorge Sampaoli's troops a lifeline with a close-range finish (68') before 34-year-old Payet rolled back the years with a free kick (75') then a mazy run and finish (80') to complete the turnaround.

A point a piece at Rennes

Last season's European challengers Rennes and RC Lens battled out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Roazhon Park. Rennes debutant Kamaldeen Suleman's curling effort put his side ahead (14'). But a catastrophic lapse in the Rennes defence gifted Seko Fofana with a simple finish to score just his third goal for Lens.


Clermont on cloud nine

New boys Clermont Foot marked first ever game in the top-flight with a superb 2-0 victory at Bordeaux.

Pascal Gastien's team were rewarded for their dominance when striker Mohamed Bayo turned home from close range (82'). Rarely in danger of squandering their advantage, Clermont added a second in added time through Jodel Dossou to hand Les Lanciers the perfect start.


Angers spoil Stéphan's party

Julien Stéphan's welcome party was well and truly spoilt as Angers snatched an impressive 2-0 victory at Stade de la Meinau. The Alsatian's had no answer to second half goals from Ismael Traore (57') and Stephane Bahoken (81') as Angers claimed a deserved three points.


Draws at Saint Étienne and Nice

Vincent Le Goff's effort (52') put Lorient in front at Saint Étienne but were pegged back shortly afterwards through a Wahbi Khazri penalty (70') as it ended 1-1.


Meanwhile, last season's title winning head coach Christophe Galtier took charge of his first game as OGC Nice but was unable to steer his side to the perfect start as they played out a goalless draw at home to Reims.


(Photo: LOSC)