Paris beaten, first win for Fournier’s Auxerre
Paris Saint-Germain went to down to a defeat in their clash with Swiss side Sion, while Auxerre’s new era under Laurent Fournier started with a win.
In a game played in the Swiss village of Le Mouret, PSG were beaten 3-2 by a Sion side coached by former Saint-Etienne boss Laurent Roussey and featuring former Ligue 1 star Pascal Feindouno.
With their league season due to start next weekend, Sion were clearly a step ahead in their preparations compared to a Paris side missing French international trio Guillaume Hoarau, Kévin Gameiro and Mamadou Sakho as well as the injured Ceará.
Antoine Kombouaré’s men were 3-0 down early in the second-half, although they did recover some pride after Siaka Tiéné and Clément Chantôme both scored late on.
“This was above all a training exercise,” said Kombouaré afterwards. “The players all got about the same length of time out on the pitch. Nobody got injured, which is a good thing. We are disappointed not to have won the game, but it I am also satisfied with the way we fought back towards the end. We never gave up. We must not forget that Sion are much further ahead of us in terms of preparation.”
Sahar on target
Meanwhile, on their return from a week-long training camp in Germany, Auxerre recorded a 2-0 win at Ligue 2 Reims in their first outing under Laurent Fournier. New loan signing Ben Sahar and Alain Traoré - both brought on at half-time - scored the goals for the Burgundy club, leaving former PSG midfielder Fournier a happy man.
“The boys did well. The training camp was hard work but I told the players that I still expected them to win here,” he said.
In other games, newly-promoted Dijon beat Sochaux 4-2 while Ligue 2 champions Evian-Thonon-Gaillard - featuring new signings Jérôme Leroy and Sidney Govou - lost 2-0 to Nantes. Caen won 3-0 against Clermont with Pierre-Alain Frau netting twice for his new side. Nancy beat fourth-tier club Amnéville 3-1, Valenciennes beat Angers 2-1, Brest drew 1-1 with Bastia and Montpellier romped to a 6-1 win against a select side from the region of Lozère.