Friendly round-up: Wins for PSG and Sochaux
Paris Saint-Germain recorded their first pre-season win on Wednesday, beating English second tier club Brighton 1-0 thanks to a goal from Nene. Sochaux were 2-0 victors over Rennes in an all-Ligue 1 clash. Read on for all Wednesday's results...
After two losses and one draw, PSG at last recorded a warm-up win with Nene making the difference, his goal laid on a plate by new signing Kévin Gameiro. Coach Antoine Kombouaré was pleased with the victory in Faro, Portugal.
Kombouaré: "Idea of best starting eleven"
Kombouaré said: "I'm starting to get a picture of my best starting eleven and the players are beginning to get on each others' wavelength. Physically it was a tough game, but that's good as you want to be working hard in pre-season."
Malian international striker Modibo Maïga wasted no time finding his stride as he struck a brace in Sochaux's 2-0 win at Rennes. Maïga only linked up with the squad last Thursday and he scored twice in the space of the opening 20 minutes with one of the goals set up by new boy Sébastien Roudet. Rennes will have to play better than this when they embark on their Europa League campaign next week.
Mouloungui downs CAN co-hosts
Eric Mouloungui, the Gabonese international forward, scored the only goal of the game as Nice won 1-0 against CAN 2012 co-hosts Equatorial Guinea in Aix-les-Bains. Mouloungui is in great form and scored twice in Nice's 9-0 win over Peralada last time out.
Jemaa and Dudka do for Kaiserslautern
Auxerre enjoyed a 2-1 home win over Kaiserslautern, who finished seventh in the Bundesliga last season, with ex-Lens man Issam Jemaa and Dariusz Dudka, the versatile Polish international, getting on the scoresheet.
Bordeaux, Toulouse and Valenciennes beaten
Bordeaux suffered their first pre-season defeat, going down 3-1 to Italian club Udinese in Bayonne. Les Girondins have conceded the opening goal in all four of their friendlies so far. This time the mountain proved too big to climb for Francis Gillot's side, who had Cheick Diabaté's 76th minute goal as their only consolation.
Toulouse were outplayed by Benfica in Lisbon and were perhaps fortunate to lose only 1-0, while Valenciennes lost 2-1 to Gent in Belgium, despite Mathieu Dossevi opening the scoring for the Ligue 1 side.