Wednesday friendly round-up

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Several Ligue 1 clubs were in friendly action on Wednesday, with Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon both drawing against Moroccan opposition, while Laszlo Bölöni's first game in charge of Lens ended in a draw.

Paris Saint-Germain drew 1-1 with Moroccan outfit WAC Casablanca in Marrakech. Mouhcine Yahjour put the home side ahead but Antoine Kombouaré’s men were the dominant force throughout and got a deserved equaliser shortly before half-time when Mevlut Erding headed home Tripy Makonda’s cross.

PSG were missing Sylvain Armand and Jérémy Clément as well as Mathieu Bodmer and Siaka Tiéné, as Kombouaré made nine changes to his team at half-time.

PSG line-up (first-half): Edel; Jallet, Traoré, Sakho, Makonda; Bahebeck, Makhedjouf, Makelele, Nene; Erding; Luyindula.

(Second-half): Coupet; Landre, Camara, Sakho, Ceara; Giuly, Chantôme, Makelele (c), Maurice ; Qasmi, Hoarau.

Antoine Kombouaré (Paris Saint-Germain coach) : “This was meant first and foremost as a work-out. Everyone struggled a little bit after all the training sessions we have had, but they played with the right spirit, and that bodes well for the Cup match against Lens. We wanted to win, so in that respect we are a bit disappointed. We didn’t play as well as I hoped, although I think that was due to tiredness, and it was important to come away without any injuries.”

>> Paris Saint-Germain club page


Lyon drew 0-0 with Kawkab in a match also played in Marrakech. With the exception of Yoann Gourcuff and Hugo Lloris, who were missing due to illness and injury, as well as Jérémy Toulalan and Michel Bastos, who were on the bench, Claude Puel started the game with a strong side.

With temperatures reaching 29 degrees at kick-off, the encounter was played at a leisurely pace, and César Delgado had the game’s best chance with a shot that went through the legs of the Moroccan side’s goalkeeper before being cleared off the line. Jimmy Briand was also denied when one-on-one with the ‘keeper late on, as Puel admitted that the match was a “good training session against a competitive side.”

Lyon line-up (first-half): Vercoutre; Réveillère, Lovren, Diakhaté, Cissokho; Makoun, Källström, Pjanic; Lisandro, Pied, Gomis.

Lyon (second-half):
Gorgelin; Gassama, Faure, Gonalons, Kolo; Toulalan, Grenier; Bastos, Lacazette Delgado; Briand.

>> Lyon club page


Marseille ended their short break in southern Spain by recording a 3-1 win against the B team of local second division side Cartagena in a match that was shortened to two periods of thirty minutes each.

Loïc Rémy had a goal ruled out for offside before Jordan Ayew opened the scoring. Then, in the second-half, Lucho González set up Brandão to make it two, and Alexander N’Doumbou made it three before the hosts got one back.

Didier Deschamps rotated his squad in this short work-out, with Souleymane Diawara and Charles Kaboré the only men to play the whole game, and only Edouard Cissé, Rod Fanni and new goalkeeper Jules Goda not featuring at all.

Marseille line-up : Mandanda (Andrade, 31’); L. N'Diaye (Laassami, 31’), Diawara, Mbia (Heinze, 31’), Taiwo (Sabo, 31’); Abriel (N'Doumbou, 31’), Kaboré, Cheyrou (Lucho, 31’); Rémy (Valbuena, 31’), Gignac (Brandao, 31’), J. Ayew (A. Ayew, 31’)

>> Marseille club page


Laszlo Bölöni’s first match in charge of Lens ended in a 2-2 draw against Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in Spain. The German giants were twice in front thanks to goals from Nuri Sahin and Tamas Hajnal, but the Sang et Or hit back each time, first courtesy of Alaeddine Yahia, then through Steven Joseph-Monrose, whose goal came in the last minute.

Lens line-up (first-half): Kasraoui; Démont, Yahia, Varane, Bedimo; Hermach, Sow, Roudet; Eduardo, Jemaa, Maoulida.

(Second-half): Kasraoui ; Aurier, Chelle, Queudrue, Bergdich; Situ, Kovacevic, Sertic ; Kondogbia, Akale, Joseph-Monrose.

>> Lens club page


Montpellier were also in action against German opposition, but René Girard’s side were well beaten 4-0 by Wolfsburg in Marbella. Former Le Mans striker Grafite netted twice for the Volkswagen-backed team, in a match played over three periods of thirty minutes each.

Montpellier line-up: Pionnier (Ligali 60’); Collin (Yanga-Mbiwa 31’), Stambouli (Martin 60’), El Kaoutari (Couloumb 60’), Jeunechamp (Mézague 31’); Saihi (Legras 56’), Marveaux (Lacombe 46’), Estrada (Dernis 46’); Camara (Belhanda 46’), Giroud (Koita 46’); Aït-Fana (Kabze 46’)

>> Montpellier club page

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