Friendly Round-up: Busy day of action
Fourteen Ligue 1 clubs were involved in friendlies on Saturday with five all-Ligue 1 clashes and four matches seeing France's finest take on foreign opponents. Carlos Bocanegra was on target for Saint-Etienne. Read on for all the details...
Paris Saint-Germain lost 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls in the Emirates Cup in London. Italian international Salvatore Sirigu lined up in the PSG goal for the first time and he was beaten in the 27th minute by a low shot from the Red Bulls’ Estonian international Joel Lindpere.
PSG dominated the game and created a host of chances without managing to make the breakthrough in a game in which new signings Milan Bisevac, Blaise Matuidi and Jérémy Ménez also featured. PSG conclude their pre-season preparations with a friendly against Boca Juniors on Sunday.
Menez: "I'm a bit tired"
Menez said: "I’m a bit tired and this was my first full 90 minutes of the season. I feel better and better but I still need to find my place in this team. We know what we’re capable of and we shouldn’t dwell on this defeat."
Sochaux and Nancy drew 0-0 in their final tune-up before the start of the season. French international Marvin Martin played the full 90 minutes for Sochaux as did Ryad Boudebouz.
Caen lost 2-1 to Brest in Ouistreham, despite taking a first-minute lead through Romain Hamouma. Nolan Roux (31) and Paul Baysse (83) turned things around for Alex Dupont’s side.
New boys on target
Lorient beat Auxerre 1-0 thanks to a great goal from Lucas Mareque, the Argentine left-back who was signed as a replacement for Marseille-bound Jérémy Morel.
In Chambéry Saint-Etienne demolished Ligue 1 new boys Evian Thonon Gaillard 3-0. Carlos Bocanegra, Les Verts' American international defender, scored the first and coach Christophe Galtier had the pleasure of wathing summer signings Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Jérémy Clément net the other two.
Bordeaux were also impressive against fellow Ligue 1 opposition as they won 3-1 against Montpellier in Béziers. Lamine Sané, Anthony Modeste - with his fourth goal in pre-season - and Nicolas Maurice-Belay, who followed coach Francis Gilot to the club from Sochaux, got the Bordeaux goals. Younes Belhanda had equalised from the penalty spot early in the second half.
Ligue 1 clubs enjoy wins over Spanish and Italian opposition
Three more Ligue 1 outfits enjoyed their 90 minutes against continental opposition. Valenciennes are at Caen in Week 1 and the northern club limbered up for that test with a 1-1 draw at Dutch club NEC Nijmegen. After Nijmegen had taken a first-half lead, Valenciennes equalised in the 57th minute when a Gaël Danic shot was turned into his own net by home defender Ramon Zomer. Valenciennes midfielder Rémi Gomis was sent off in the 61st minute after an altercation with an opponent.
Toulouse beat Real Sociedad, now coached by former Valenciennes boss Philippe Montanier, 1-0 in Dax. Franck Tabanou was the difference between the sides with a sumptuous free-kick which struck both posts before lodging in the back of the net.
Nice also won against continental opposition, seeing off Udinese 1-0 with midfielder David Hellebuyck bagging the goal after good work from Eric Mouloungui.