Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Is Carla Bruni against a political comeback for Sarkozy?

Read more

DEBATE

Clone of Pakistan Protests: Democracy put the test (Part Two)

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan Protests: Democracy put the test (Part One)

Read more

ENCORE!

The French Maestro of Soul

Read more

FOCUS

US tobacco giants want lion's share of e-cigarette business

Read more

ENCORE!

Bold and bonkers: Kate Bush is back on stage

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Simon Serfaty, US foreign policy specialist

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'It's a War, Stupid!'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

French PM calls on ECB to go further to help economy

Read more

  • UN backs inquiry of IS group’s alleged crimes in Iraq

    Read more

  • French education ministry picture sparks racist abuse

    Read more

  • Obama calls for higher wages amid 'revving' US economy

    Read more

  • Video: Ukraine’s children return to school as fighting rages on

    Read more

  • Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

    Read more

  • US urges Israel to reverse West Bank land seizure

    Read more

  • Lesotho PM calls for regional peacekeeping force after ‘coup’

    Read more

  • Ukrainian forces retreat from Luhansk airport after clashes

    Read more

  • Teddy Riner, France’s unstoppable judo champion

    Read more

  • Death toll rises in Paris apartment building blast

    Read more

  • Iraqi forces free Amerli in biggest victory over IS militants since June

    Read more

  • French police arrest hungry hedgehog hunters

    Read more

  • Tripoli under control of militias, says government

    Read more

  • Monaco’s Falcao set for Man Utd loan on transfer deadline day

    Read more

  • Spain orders custody for parents of ill British boy

    Read more

  • Web doc on French self-immolation protests takes top prize

    Read more

Bordeaux seduce, Paris SG stumble

Latest update : 2008-08-10

France's Ligue 1 resumes with a 2007-2008 season déjà-vu. Bordeaux confirmed with a 2-1 victory over Caen they would be a serious contender for title-holder Lyon. Last year's strugglers Paris SG and their new recruits lost in Monaco (1-0).

PARIS, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Olympique Marseille displayed the
style that made them one of Ligue 1's most exciting teams last
season but had to settle for a 4-4 draw in a thriller at Stade
Rennes on the opening day of the new campaign on Saturday.
 

The game featured three goals in the last three minutes,
including two from hosts Rennes who equalised in added time.
 

Girondins Bordeaux beat Caen 2-1 while Claude Makelele's
Paris St Germain debut ended in a 1-0 defeat at Monaco.
 

Bordeaux, runners-up last season, went behind early against
Caen before hitting back with second-half goals from Yoann
Gourcuff and Fernando Cavenaghi.
 

Hatem Ben Arfa, making his Ligue 1 debut for Marseille after
joining from champions Olympique Lyon, scored one goal and set
up another as the visitors took a 3-1 halftime lead.
 

But Rennes, thanks to a double strike by Olivier Thomert,
hit back before a final goal from Bruno Cheyrou salvaged a draw
in the frenzied last few minutes.
 

"We're really very, very disappointed because we had the
match under control," Ben Arfa said. "We can be very dangerous
but we have to find the right balance between attack and
defence."
 

Marseille and Bordeaux both hope to mount a challenge for
the championship but must dislodge Lyon, who won their seventh
successive title last season and play Toulouse on Sunday.
 

PSG, who signed former France midfielder Makelele from
Chelsea in the close season, lost to a late header from Frederic
Nimani after appearing comfortable for much of the match.
 

"We still have a lot of preparation to do as a team,"
Makelele said. "I think there's a lot of quality... what we've
got to do is iron out a lot of mistakes we're making. We
deserved better this evening."
 

In other matches, Auxerre defeated Nantes 2-1, Le Havre beat
Nice 1-0 and Grenoble won 2-1 at Sochaux.
 

Date created : 2008-08-10

COMMENT(S)