Ligue 1 Weekly Review (Week 1): Newly-Promoted Squads Shine As Title Contenders Stumble

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Updated: August 12, 2014
SM Caen

Recap

It is common to see stunners and flops whenever the season opens. And France’s top-flight league is not exempt from this (phenomenon).

 

Last weekend, Ligue 1 opened with a bang. Newly-promoted squads such as the likes of SM Caen impressed, whereas some of the well-known title contenders had their first taste of defeat.

 

Highlights

SM Caen tops the list of scene-stealers in Ligue 1. The newly-promoted squad thrashed Evian Thonon Gaillard with 3 goals while successfully keeping a clean sheet. Mathieu Duhamel’s brace, plus an early goal from N’Golo Kante secured their victory.

 

Ligue 2 champion, Metz also featured during the tournament’s first week. It did not win over Lille, yet, it was able to force a draw and earned a point out of the said result.

 

Caen and Metz are not the only clubs which stepped up during their first match in the top-tier league. Joining them was Lens. Despite losing to Nantes, Lens ensured that their opponents experience scoring difficulties.

 

The blunders

One should not always expect a perfect start from online betting favorites. To do so may lead to disappointment and frustration just like what happened to supporters of marquee clubs.

 

First on the list is the defending champion, Paris Saint Germain (PSG). For the second time around, PSG started their season with a stalemate. The same thing with Lille, which was easily contained by Metz.

 

But perhaps, next to Evian,  the most disappointing match of the week belonged to AS Monaco. Contrary to its explosive start last season, the title contender lost a close match to Lorient. Nevertheless, the striker, Radamel Falcao was able to spare the club from further humiliation when he converted a penalty, thus, ending a goal drought that was triggered by a frustrating injury.

 

What to expect

Many expect PSG to present a more convincing come back next week. Likewise, it is good to watch out for the surprises present in Falcao’s return.

 

 

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