Monaco slip to defeat


A review of the weekend’s action in France’s Ligue 1 as Lorient stun Monaco at the Stade Louis II.

Substitute Valentin Lavigne climbed off the bench to fire home a late winner as Lorient stunned 10-man Monaco 2-1 to claim their first-ever win at the Stade Louis II.

Monaco’s star striker Radamel Falcao, who also started on the bench, had looked to have earned last season’s runners-up a point when he slotted home a 78th-minute penalty to cancel out Vincent Aboubakar’s early spot-kick for Lorient.

However, it was another replacement who ended up making the decisive impact as 20-year-old Lavigne took advantage of the wide open spaces behind the Monaco defence to put his side back in front in the 87th minute.

With many of the expected contenders having dropped points in the opening round this season, Caen find themselves top of the table, but Lyon are level on points after Hubert Fournier made a winning start to life as coach at the Stade de Gerland with a 2-0 win over Rennes.

Second-half goals from Steed Malbranque and Alexandre Lacazette proved enough to ensure the club a share of first place after the first round of fixtures.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice but also missed from the penalty spot and in front of an open goal as reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain were held to a 2-2 draw by Reims in the opening match of their title defence.

Ibrahimovic volleyed PSG into an early lead when he linked up well with Javier Pastore to beat Reims goalkeeper Johny Placide in the sixth minute but he then blasted the ball against the post just over 10 minutes later with an open goal at his mercy.

Things went from bad to worse for the Sweden international in the 19th minute as he saw his low penalty strike saved by Placide.

Prince Oniangue and Antoine Devaux then put Reims 2-1 up at the break before Ibrahimovic atoned for his errors with a 64th-minute equaliser.



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