Monaco implode at Bordeaux


Willy Sagnol’s fine start to life as Bordeaux manager continued with a resounding 4-1 victory over ambitious Monaco at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.

The former France defender – still only 37 – guided Les Girondins to an opening-weekend win at Montpellier and watched his side take a share of the Ligue 1 lead after Monaco fell apart in the second half of action on Sunday night.

Dimitar Berbatov had given last year’s runners-up the lead just before the break with a diving header but Diego Rolan levelled shortly after the restart.

Emiliano Sala fired Bordeaux ahead from the penalty spot in the 61st minute and, only four minutes later Rolan grabbed his second. Monaco’s humiliation was complete when Wahbi Khazri scored a 75th-minute penalty.

St Etienne continued their winning start to the  season on Sunday with a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Reims at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

It was not all plain sailing for Christophe Galtier’s side, with Benjamin Moukandjo’s effort finding its way into the home net via a deflection off Loic Perrin in the 27th minute.

But Les Verts turned the match on its head after the interval, with goals from Max Gradel, Kevin Monnet-Paquet and Mevlut Erdinc sealing victory to follow up their 2-0 victory over Guingamp on the opening day.

Montpellier bounced back from their opening-day defeat to record an impressive 2-0 victory at Marseille.

Rolland Courbis’ side were beaten 2-1 by Bordeaux on the opening weekend but hit back in the best way possible, with Anthony Mounier and Morgan Sanson getting the goals.

On Saturday, Paris St Germain secured their first Ligue 1 win of the season with a straightforward 2-0 success at home to Bastia, despite being rocked by a first-half injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Sweden international left the pitch in the opening stages with a back problem, but the hosts still took the lead on 26 minutes through Lucas Moura.

Edinson Cavani then wrapped up the win just before the hour mark to help the champions get over last week’s disappointing draw with Reims.

Toulouse recovered from their opening-day defeat to Nice by seeing off Lyon 2-1.

Alain Casanova’s men were shaded in a five-goal thriller a week ago, but Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro opened the scoring 10 minutes in and Wissam Ben Yedder doubled their advantage as the break approached.

That gave them the cushion they needed and they survived Alexandre Lacazette pulling one back for Lyon in the second half.

Rennes got their Ligue 1 campaign up and running with a stylish 6-2 rout of Evian on Saturday night.

Ola Toivonen, Mexer and Paul-Georges Ntep shared the goals as the hosts fashioned the perfect response to their defeat against Lyon on the opening weekend of the season.

Daniel Wass replied twice for Evian but they have yet to register a point and face the daunting prospect of a meeting with defending champions PSG in their next league fixture.

Substitute Ladislas Douniama scored a last-gasp winner for Guingamp as they defeated Lens 1-0 at the Stade De La Licorne, while Metz and Nantes shared the points in a 1-1 draw.

Jordan Veretout put Nantes ahead after just two minutes, but the hosts were level within 10 minutes when Yeni N’Gbakoto converted from the penalty spot.

Lorient and Nice remain unbeaten after a goalless draw at the Stade du Moustoir.

On-loan Liverpool striker Divock Origi netted the winner as Lille secured a somewhat fortunate 1-0 win at promoted Caen on Friday night.

The game hinged on an incident midway through the second half when Caen defender Dennis Appiah was sent off for bringing Origi down inside the area, and from the resulting penalty the Belgium striker slotted home for the only goal of the game.

That was the first goal of the new season for the 19-year-old, who was sold by Lille to Liverpool this summer before being immediately loaned back to the French club, and earned his side their opening victory.



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