Moura joy for PSG


A review of the weekend’s action in France’s Ligue 1 as PSG beat Metz 3-0.

Paris St Germain continued their winning start to their latest Ligue 1 title defence but Marseille will be fearing another season of struggle.

PSG were held to a scoreless first half despite dominating Metz, but goals from Lucas Moura and Layvin Kurzawa and a Jonathan Rivierez own goal in added time secured a 3-0 win and ensured the four-time reigning champions kept up the pace with early front-runners Lyon and Nice at the top of Ligue 1.

For Marseille, champions as recently as 2010, it has been a difficult couple of years as their traditional rivals have conquered all before them.

OM finished 13th last season, only nine points above the relegation zone, and have only a point from two games this time around after losing 2-1 to Guingamp.

Yannis Salibur’s goal after 32 seconds, with Marseille goalkeeper Yohann Pele at fault, stunned the visitors before Jeremy Sorbon turned in Lucas Deaux’s near-post cross just ahead of the hour. Florian Thauvin’s late goal was scant consolation.

St Etienne, with Manchester United’s world-record signing Paul Pogba in attendance to watch his brother Florentin in action, came from behind to beat Montpellier 3-1.

Steve Mounie gave the visitors a half-time advantage but Kevin Monnet-Paquet and Dylan Saint-Louis scored in the first five minutes of the second period and Robert Beric added a late third.

Gabriel Boschilia’s first goal for Monaco was enough to secure them a 1-0 victory against Nantes and their first Ligue 1 win of the season.

Leonardo Jardim’s side, held to a 2-2 home draw by Guingamp in their opening league fixture, struck the only goal in the 25th minute when Brazilian midfielder Boschilia fired a free-kick into the top corner after Diego Carlos had fouled Corentin Jean within striking range.

Toulouse registered the biggest win of the day by beating Bordeaux 4-1 at home as Denmark international Martin Braithwaite fired a double.

Braithwaite followed up goals from Issa Diop and Christopher Jullien inside the first nine minutes with efforts in the 67th and 82nd minutes before Isaac Kiese Thelin’s last-minute consolation for Bordeaux, who had defender Nicolas Pallois sent off in stoppage time for his second yellow-card offence.

Nice made it back-to-back wins by following up last week’s 1-0 home win against Rennes with victory by the same score at Angers thanks to Alassane Plea’s early goal.

Midfielder Plea struck in the fourth minute after latching onto Jean Michael Seri’s cross.

Younousse Sankhare struck a late winner against his former club to secure Lille a 1-0 home win against Dijon.

Midfielder Sankhare fired home in the 87th minute for Lille, who lost at Caen in their opening league clash, and sent Dijon to a second straight defeat.

Enzo Crivelli notched a double as Bastia won 3-0 at nine-man Lorient to secure their first league win of the campaign.

Midfielder Crivelli headed home in the first half after Allan Saint-Maximin had given Bastia the lead and headed a second late on after his 62nd-minute penalty had been saved.

It was a miserable night for Lorient who had both Didier Ndong and substitute Benjamin Jeannot sent off.

Midfielder Ndong was shown a straight red card for his challenge on Mehdi Mostefa and after Crivelli’s penalty, for Lindsay Rose’s foul on Thievy, had been saved, Jeannot was shown a straight red card by referee Amaury Delerue for arguing over a decision.

Goals from Yoann Gourcuff (23) and Giovanni Sio (81) secured Rennes their first win of the campaign, 2-0 at home against Nancy.

Alexandre Lacazette continued his impressive start to the season with a pair of penalties to take his tally to five goals in two games as Lyon beat Caen 2-0 on Friday.

The sought-after striker made his first impact of the campaign with a hat-trick in Nancy last weekend, and he proved clinical twice from 12 yards on Friday night to hand the hosts back-to-back wins.

Lyon began on the front foot and Corentin Tolisso tested Remy Vercoutre with a header before Lacazette had a penalty claim waved away after tumbling under an Alaeddine Yahia challenge.

Lacazette continued to cause Caen problems and only the close attentions of Emmanuel Imorou prevented him nodding home Rafael’s near-post flick.

But, with half an hour played, the France international was gifted the perfect opportunity to open his account for the evening when Ivan Santini handled inside the area.

And he needed no second invitation, confidently striking home the spot-kick to hand Lyon a half-time lead.

Caen almost grabbed an unlikely leveller just after the restart when Yann Karamoh showed some neat footwork to carve out a shooting opportunity but his stinging effort grazed the bar with Anthony Lopes well beaten.

The visitors refused to lie down and both Ronny Rodelin and Yahia wasted decent opportunities to test Lopes as frustrated Caen boss Patrice Garande looked on.

But, deep in added time, Lyon wrapped up the points when Lacazette netted his second penalty of the night after Ferri went down under a Syam Ben Youssef challenge.



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