Ligue 1: Marseille open campaign with narrow win over Brest; Bordeaux thump Angers

Marseille began their campaign with a 3-2 win at Brest as winger Florian Thauvin starred.

The Associated Press August 31, 2020 08:59:16 IST
Ligue 1: Marseille open campaign with narrow win over Brest; Bordeaux thump Angers

Paris: Forward Josh Maja and midfielder Toma Bašic scored as Bordeaux won 2-0 at Angers to move up to second place in the French league on Sunday.

Lille, Monaco and Nantes also won to join Bordeaux on four points after two games. They trail on goal difference.

Forward Jonathan Bamba got the only goal as Lille won 1-0 at Reims, and center half Benoit Badiashile netted for Monaco, which had a player sent off just after the break in a 1-0 win at Metz.

Nantes did even better, holding on for a 2-1 win at home to Nîmes despite having two players sent off in the second half. Midfielder Imran Louza got the second Nantes goal in the 27th minute and was red-carded in the 47th.

Elsewhere, winger Romain Hamouma got both goals as Saint-Etienne beat Lorient 2-0 at home.

In Sunday's late game, Marseille began their campaign with a 3-2 win at Brest as winger Florian Thauvin starred.

Starting his first match since late May because of an ankle injury, Thauvin stood out for coach André Villas-Boas' side. He struck a fine opener and then set up center half Duje Caleta-Car's goals from free kicks.

Striker Gaëtan Charbonnier gave Marseille a scare when he pulled the score back to 3-2 in the 89th.

Marseille's game at home to Saint-Etienne last week was postponed after three positive coronavirus cases at Marseille. It will be played on 17 September.

Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain starts the season later than any other team after reaching the Champions League final on 23 August.

PSG asked for its game at Lens — scheduled for this weekend — to be pushed back until Thursday.

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