News Bits: Ligue 1 season openers

Updated: August 12, 2013
PSG vs. Montpellier

PSG posts draw with Montpellier
Paris Saint-Germain are the fourth French victors in four consecutive seasons to commence their Ligue 1 campaign with zero wins, after drawing with Montpellier 1-1 on August 9.
Montpellier made an early lead in the match, with Remy Cabella serving the first—-and by the end of tourney, the only—goal for his side.
The draw decision was realized at 60 minutes, after PSG’s Maxwell struck an equalizer. Thanks to Montpellier’s Ibra losing the ball on the halfway line, the side avoided a season-opener defeat.
Monaco reigns supreme over Bordeaux
Monaco successfully outscored their opponents, Bordeaux, after netting two late goals in the match. Emmanuel Riviere gave the side their first score just eight minutes before the conclusion. This was swiftly followed (five minutes later) with another goal by new member Radamel Falcao, pinning the side to a 2-0 win.
While Monaco’s score seemed stellar, the match was generally considered a “win by chance.” Bordeaux heavily relied on their defense, leaving the Monaco players with little room to execute any substantial display other than “lucky” strikes. The build-up toward the scores was not as exciting as it should have seemed because their opponents did not really show tough maneuvers. Nevertheless, Falcao’s goal for his new team was a smooth one, considering that a Ligue 1 debut is often brutally difficult.
Lyon make an imposing win over Nice
More than 23,000 spectators at the Stade de Gerland saw the home side successfully defeat their away opponents, Nice. A 4-0 final tally for Lyon was a magnificent debut for the Ligue 1 season opening, giving them a strong kick-off performance that they can use as motivation in their subsequent tourneys.
Lacazette scored his side’s first goal at 13 minutes, as assisted by Grenier. This was followed by the two goals that were served in close interval: one by Grenier at 55 minutes and the other by second-time scorer Lacazzete at 68 minutes. The match was sealed by Gourcuff’s impressive finish.
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