Lacazette is hat-trick hero

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A review of the weekend’s action in France’s Ligue 1, including a hat-trick for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Alexandre Lacazette became the first player to score a hat-trick in the opening round of Ligue 1 matches for nine years as Lyon beat Nancy 3-0.

Lacazette, who has scored 54 goals in the last two seasons and been strongly linked with Arsenal this summer, struck twice in the first half before completing his treble in the dying seconds.

Johan Audel was the last player to score an opening-day Ligue 1 hat-trick for Valenciennes against Toulouse in 2007.

Lacazette’s first goal against newly-promoted Nancy came after 33 minutes when Sergi Darder’s saved effort fell his way and he hammered home the rebound.

The France striker bagged his second a minute before the break after racing onto goalkeeper Anthony Lopes’ lengthy clearance.

Substitute Christophe Mandanne had Nancy’s best effort in the second half, but Lyon always looked capable of adding to their lead.

Clement Grenier went close with a stinging effort before Lacazette ensured that he would be taking the match ball home by sweeping home Jordan Ferri’s cutback in stoppage time.

Teenage defender Malang Sarr was the hero as Nice‘s Ligue 1 campaign got off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory over Rennes.

The 17-year-old settled matters when he met Jean Michael Seri’s free-kick on the hour to beat Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil with a downward header.

On Saturday, Ivan Santini marked his Ligue 1 debut with two goals as Caen staged an impressive comeback to win 3-2 at home to Lorient in an action-packed game at the Stade Michel-d’Ornano.

Lorient stunned the hosts by storming into a two-goal lead with just 19 minutes on the clock thanks to a brace by Benjamin Moukandjo, the second of which came from the penalty spot.

However, Zargo Toure’s 26th-minute red card for hauling down Santini changed the complexion of the match and by half-time Caen were level as Ronny Rodelin and Santini found the back of the net.

Santini settled the game with three minutes remaining when he turned the ball home from close range following a cross from substitute Vincent Bessat.

That was one of three matches to finish 3-2 on Saturday and it was the same score in Bordeaux, who began their campaign with a home victory over St Etienne.

Jocelyn Gourvennec was in charge of Bordeaux for the first time after his summer switch from Guingamp and his side seemed to be coasting to victory after Gaetan Labourde, Diego Rolan and Malcom put them 3-0 ahead.

However, Romain Hamouma (81) and Alexander Soderlund (88) scored late consolation goals to provide some late anxiety among the home crowd.

Nicolaj Thomsen scored the only goal of the game as Nantes made a winning start against Ligue 1 newcomers Dijon while Montpellier also defeated Angers 1-0 thanks to Ryad Boudebouz’s strike.

Mevlut Erdinc marked his Metz debut with a brace as the Ligue 1 new boys twice came from behind to beat Lille 3-2.

Portuguese midfielder Rony Lopes, on loan from Monaco, fired home Julian Palmieri’s centre to put the visitors ahead 15 minutes before the break.

Turkey international Erdinc levelled following a good team move 11 minutes into the second half but Lopes grabbed his second after a good ball from Eder to put Lille back in front 14 minutes later.

Erdinc, signed on loan from from Hannover, restored parity with a penalty in the 76th minute and, after he was substituted, midfielder Yann Jouffre also scored from the spot on debut to put Philippe Hinschberger’s men on course for victory with two minutes remaining.

Unai Emery was made to work hard for his first Ligue 1 victory in charge of Paris St Germain as last season’s champions escaped the island of Corsica with all three points thanks to a 1-0 win against Bastia.

Layvin Kurzawa’s solitary strike in the 74th minute was enough to deny the resolute hosts of a hard-fought point as the Parisiens began life without Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a positive fashion.

Monaco’s season got off to a disappointing start as they were forced to come back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Guingamp at the Stade Louis II.

First-half goals from Moustapha Diallo and Sloan Privat seemingly left the hosts with a mountain to climb at the break.

But a second-half Fabinho Lemar penalty and a late Bernardo Silva strike saved the hosts from a disastrous start to their league campaign, but was still short of the victory they had probably been targeting at kick-off.

 

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