13 Sep Watch Live Ligue 1 on Starsat: Match Day 4 report
Bordeaux came from behind to win 3-1 at Olympique Lyonnais in a match OL finished with nine men. Maxime Gonalons was sent off and Alexandre Lacazette exited injured.
After 11 matches unbeaten in the stadium, OL finally fell, as a day which started well for them turned from bad to disastrous. It was the worst possible way for the club to prepare for facing Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League at the Parc OL on Wednesday.
OL went in front inside 120 seconds thanks to Aldo Kalulu, playing his first Ligue 1 minutes of the season. After a Sergi Darder raid the ball came towards Alexandre Lacazette, who was challenged by Diego Contento. It broke to Kalulu, who calmly slotted past Cédric Carrasso. After a consultation between referee Ruddy Buquet and the assistant the goal stood as it was deemed that Contento’s touch had played Kalulu back onside.
Mouctar Diakhaby, 19, was preferred to Nicolas Nkoulou at the heart of the home defence and the France Under-20s player made a confident start to Ligue 1 life, almost marking his debut with a 22nd-minute goal. Carrasso tipped the defender’s volley from a Rachid Ghezzal corner onto the crossbar. Alexandre Lacaztte, the Ligue 1 player of the month for August for his six goals in three games, recovered from a knee issue to start here. The top scorer in the division met his equal in Carrasso, who beat away a 25th-minute free-kick.
Bordeaux had lack fluency, though full-back Youssouf Sabaly had caught the eye even before having a hand in the 33rd-minute equaliser. Sabaly, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, robbed Kalulu of the ball deep in OL territory and fed Malcom. Afforded too much space, the 19-year-old Brazilian flashed a shot past Anthony Lopes.
The visitors were the stronger side for the remainder of the first half and almost took the lead before the interval when Lopes had to make himself big to deny Adam Ounas. Carrasso saved with his feet from Jordan Ferri in the 66th minute, the chance created by Maxwel Cornet the OL sub. But within a couple of minutes Gonalons was dismissed for a studs-up challenge on Malcom. And then Grégory Sertic rose unmarked to head in an Ounas free-kick as Bordeaux took the lead.
Ménez added a third late on with a shot that took a major deflection off Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, a goal that came shortly after Lacazette had limped from the field for the second league game in succession.
AS Monaco pulled into pole position on the Ligue 1 table after a dominant 4-1 win in Lille on Saturday, Leonardo Jardim’s men outclassing their northern opponents to emerge as the division’s form side.
AS Monaco now sit atop the Ligue 1 table with ten points from four matches, still unbeaten and clearly the side to watch at this early stage in the season. Jardim’s men were confident, coherent and clinical as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a dismantling of their northern opponents ahead of the beginning of their Champions League campaign away to Tottenham on Wednesday.
It was two LOSC old boys who got the ball rolling for Monaco in the first half, newly capped France right-back Djibril Sidibé curling a free-kick past Vincent Enyeama (2′) before Nabil Dirar skinned LOSC left-back Julian Palmieri and saw his deflected cross swept home by Adama Touré (17′).
Younousse Sankharé carved out LOSC’s best chance of the first term, crashing a stinging snap-shot off the debuting Morgan De Sanctis’ cross-bar (34′), but Monaco star Fabinho showed him how it was done early in the second half, with more fine work from the indefatigable Dirar resulting in the Brazilian’s ballistic volley crashing ion off the underside of the bar form the edge of the area (48′).
LOSC boss Frédéric Antonetti had rung the changes at half-time, bringing on Rio Mavuba and Ryan Mendes for Yassine Benzia and Morgan Amalfitano, but it made little difference as Monaco – for whom Star striker Radamel Falcao made a welcome return to action off the bench (65′) – strengthened their stranglehold on the match when Polish man-mountain Kamil Glik converted João Moutinho’s cross (72′).
Palmieri salvaged something from a rough night with a stunning volleyed strike in the final minute (90′), but he didn’t celebrate and neither did his teammates as they left the pitch 4-1 losers, in 15th place with just four points from four matches so far this season.
Second-half goals from Wesley Saïd and Sanjin Prcić gave Stade Rennais FC a 2-0 win over SM Caen at the Roazhon Park on Sunday afternoon.
The first half in Brittany was almost completely devoid of incident, save for a Giovanni Sio effort from a superb ball over the top by Yoann Gourcuff that was well saved by Rémy Vercoutre. However, the match burst into life just 90 seconds after the restart when a low ball in from the right by Romain Danzé found Saïd at the edge of the box. He took a touch before prodding a shot past the goalkeeper for his first goal as a Rennes player.
That sparked Caen into life and the Normandy side began to create chances. First Yann Karamoh tested Benoît Costil before Damien Da Silva came within inches of an equaliser in the 54th minute. The defender showed great technique to control the ball at the back post, tee it up on his knee and volley towards goal, but Gelson Fernandes cleared off the line.
Costil then did well to tip an Ivan Santini header over the bar and the France squad member came to the rescue again in stoppage time, this time keeping out a Da Silva headed effort. That proved decisive, as Rennes wrapped up the points by breaking quickly from the corner that followed.
With the game moving into a third minute of added time, Prcić released fellow substitute Paul-Georges Ntep, who attacked at pace before returning the ball to the Bosnian. Making his first appearance since returning from a loan spell in Italy, he took a touch and finished to secure Rennes’ second 2-0 home win in as many games in front of their own fans.
Football is now playing a significant role in the new sports offering of Starsat. For each Ligue 1 Match Day, viewers will watch 3 matches in entirety and exclusivity on one of the 5 Starsat sports channels.
From this Friday, September, 16th Starsat proposes to enter fully into the 2016/2017 season Match Day 5 with the match between Caen and Paris Saint-Germain, two teams used to be at the top of the Ligue 1 ranking in recent seasons.