PSG, Marseille both beaten
Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille were both beaten in friendly action on Friday evening.
Marseille went down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Montpellier in a game played in Martigues. The only goal of the evening came from a fine Younès Belhanda free-kick in the first-half.
OM coach Didier Deschamps tried out a 4-2-3-1 formation in the south-coast derby, with Alou Diarra and Benoît Cheyrou paired together deep in midfield behind Mathieu Valbuena, who started in the role of playmaker. Loïc Rémy featured on the right wing, while Jordan Ayew was given a run-out as a central striker.
The altered line-up could not find a way past a Montpellier side that held on despite making eight changes at half-time. OM now head to the Basque resort of Saint-Jean-de-Luz on Sunday to continue their preparations.
Leonardo in attendance
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain went down 3-1 to Benfica in the opening match of the Guadiana International Tournament in Faro in Portugal.
Under the watchful eye of new sporting director Leonardo, Paris fell behind to an early Oscar Cardozo goal, but equalised soon after when Clément Chantôme’s cushioned through ball was brilliantly lobbed home by Nenê.
However, in this rematch of last season’s Europa League last-sixteen tie, which Benfica won 3-2 on aggregate, Franco Jara and Javier Saviola both netted after the restart to give the Lisbon club the win once again.
PSG also had Sylvain Armand sent off in the second half, while coach Antoine Kombouaré was able to give a first run-out of the summer to Mamadou Sakho, Guillaume Hoarau and new signing Kévin Gameiro, all of whom were given extra leave after playing for France last month.
Amongst the other friendlies played on Friday, Stéphane Ruffier was handed a 45-minute run-out, and Florent Sinama-Pongolle was among the scorers, as Saint-Etienne beat Châteauroux 3-0.