Bordeaux start campaign with 4-1 victory against Lens
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Ligue 1 champions Bordeaux began the defence of their title with a 4-1 victory against Lens thanks to two goals from former A.C Milan player Yoann Gourcuff. Earlier in the day, Lorient defeated Lille 2-1.
Reuters - France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff scored twice to help champions Girondins Bordeaux beat promoted Lens 4-1 in the first match of their 2009-10 Ligue 1 campaign on Sunday.
Gourcuff collected the ball with virtually no space, escaped from two Lens players and scored from the edge of the area to make it 2-1 it the 54th minute.
Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh added a third Bordeaux goal in stoppage time before Gourcuff completed the scoring with almost the last kick of the game.
Bordeaux started well, Brazilian midfielder Wendel turning in the box and rifling an angled left-foot shot into the net in the 13th minute.
Lens, who fought bravely throughout, responded with a diving header by Tunisia forward Issam Jemaa shortly before the break.
Lille made a disappointing start to their campaign with a 2-1 home defeat by Lorient.
Lorient midfielder Olivier Monterrubio was instrumental at both ends, setting up his side's goals before allowing Lille to reduce the arrears with an own goal.
Northerners Lille, who finished fifth last season and will play in the Europa League, looked in control until striker Kevin Gameiro put the visitors in front by heading home a Monterrubio free kick on the half-hour.
Forward Marama Vahirua doubled Lorient's advantage from a Monterrubio cross early in the second half before Monterrubio beat his own goalkeeper with a header shortly after the hour.
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