Ligue 1 Round-Up Week 1 Season 2013-2014

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Updated: August 13, 2013

One of Europe’s top leagues is back and more exciting than ever with new competition, young players and money. The title should be well-contended by PSG and Monaco along with yearly competitors Marseilles and Lyon.

Guingamp           1-3           Marseilles

Yatabare (74′)                       Gignac (2′), Payet (4′,16′)

The runners-up of last year’s Ligue 2 were shown what life is like in Ligue 1 by getting spanked by prolific top-four French side, Marseilles. Sloppy defending by Guingamp led to three gosals that could have easily been avoided, one from an Ayew cross that fell from a rebound to the feet of Gignac to tap home, the second and third coming from Ayew crosses which deflected of Guingamp defenders leaving Payet to score. Diawara conceded a penalty late on, Yatabare took the penalty and it was saved my Manadana. Later on Yatabare sneeked the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs to score in the 74th minute.

Ajaccio                    0-1           St Etienne

Brandrao (34′)

The dark-horses from last year failed to impress as much as last season with a one goal game that didn’t have very much happening in it except for a great dummy by the right-winger to create just enough space to cross it to Brandrao so he could easily slot it away nicely.

Evian                       1-1            Sochaux 

Ehret (4′)                                   Contont (54′)

Evian started the game of well with a precise free-kick practically landing on the head of Ehret who was unmarked within four minutes of the game. Evian were putting the pressure on in the first-half with their quick passing, that Sochaux found difficult to deal with. In the second-half, the roles were inverted ans Sochaux dominated, they gained confidence when they scored coming from a ball the defenders couldn’t really clear, then Contont took the ball from about 30 yards out and almost stroked it in with the goalkeeper nearly reaching the ball.

Valenciennes        3-0           Toulouse 

Melikson (p)(37′),

Suez (53′),

Pujol (93′)

This game was contested evenly early on until Toulouse got a man sent off, then the game was almost won. The first goal came from a penalty when Toulouse defender Spajic got sent off for apparently tripping up Pujol in the box. The second goal came from a corner where the Toulouse keeper didn’t manage to catch the ball at the near post which then eventually led to Suez driving it in. The third goal was an easy tap in for Valenciennes most influential player, when a low-cross came in and he put it in which also highlighted how easy it was for them and how badly Toulouse performed.

Rennes                       2-1           Reims    

Pajot (9′), Erdinc (85′)              Krychowiak (45′)

Early on both teams created a couple of great chances to score, but it was Rennes who broke the dead-lock first and took the first-half into their own hands, the first goal came just under 9 minutes into the game, the match was very open and the defending for the goal was poor so a cross came in at hip-height and Pajot volleyed it into the net. Reims found a goal surprisingly just before half-time which opened the game up. Later on, Erdinc showed his class from a couple of years ago and dribbled around an inexperienced defence who threw themselves at the ball, making it easy for Erdinc, but he stayed calm and gently shot it into the net late on to decide the game, even though Reims played better in the second-half.

Bordeaux                   0-2           Monaco

                                                          Riviere (82′), Falcao (87′)

This was one of the most anticipated games of the weekend to see what Monaco could offer to Ligue 1 and what sort of title challenge they would bring. Monaco impressed and Bordeaux’s goalkeeper was on top form, Monaco didn’t give up the ball easily and created a fair amount of chances and this isn’t s lower-league Bordeaux side and new signings, Abidal and Carvalho were impressive and dominant early on but looked a bit tired near the end as Bordeaux tried putting the ageing defenders under pressure . With the first goal, Riviere was lucky when the ball bounced of his back-side through the defenders legs so he could turn around and smash it in. The second goal came from Falcao when the ball was on the bi-line and he had to fight for the ball, so he did and won then took a shot on the outside of his right-foot to get it past the goalkeeper.

Lille                              1-0           Lorient 

Origi (13′)

Two teams who have dropped away so quickly over the last few years and showing after this pretty much dull match that they might not improve. Lille’s goal was scored early on with a though-ball that got a deflection of a Lorient defender which consequently made Origi not offside then he just slotted it in. Lorient were creating more chances than Lille. Gastama got sent off for a second booking.

Lyon                             4-0           Nice    

Lacazette (13′,68′),

Grenier (55′),

Gourcuff (92′)

Lyon showed their intentions of competing for the title by putting on a good performance against a very poor Nice side. Lacazette scored early on when a cross fell to his feet outside the penalty area then he tapped it into the box to then score in a penalty like situation. Gourcuff had a very good match by firstly assisting the second goal when fighting of the left-back unbelievably well then putting in a great cross for new captain, Grenier. For the third goal, Lyon counter-attacked from a corner, leaving Lacazette one-on-0ne against the goalkeeper 30 yards out then he dribbled round the goalkeeper to score into an empty net. The last goal was scored by one of the best players on the pitch, Gourcuff, who scored an amazing free-kick in the top corner to top things off.

Montpellier                1-1          PSG

Cabella (10′)                                 Maxwell (60′)

Another highly anticipated match to see whether PSG could start off strongly to regain their title. They seemed to struggle early on when Ibrahimovic lost the ball which led to a goal from Montpellier scored by Cabella who did nicely to chip the ball over Sirgu from 3 yards out on a tight angle. Ibrahimovic was the only player who was creating chances for PSG, their other players were a bit disappointing. On the 60 minute mark, a cross came into Ibrahimovic who headed it down to Maxwell so he could smash it in at close range. The most expensive player in French football, Edison Cavani, was unfortunate not to score when he headed a cross that came to the back post, only for it to be blocked by a Montpellier defender.

 

Table

1  Olympique Lyonnais +4     3 Pts
2  Valenciennes FC +3     3 Pts
3  Olympique de Marseille +2     3 Pts
4  AS Monaco FC +2     3 Pts
 FC Nantes +2     3 Pts
6  Stade Rennais FC +1     3 Pts
7  AS Saint-Etienne +1     3 Pts
 LOSC Lille +1     3 Pts
9  Evian TG FC 0     1 Pt
10  FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 0     1 Pt
 Paris Saint-Germain 0     1 Pt
12  Montpellier Hérault SC 0     1 Pt
13  Stade de Reims -1     0 Pts
14  AC Ajaccio -1     0 Pts
15  FC Lorient -1     0 Pts
16  EA Guingamp -2     0 Pts
17  Girondins de Bordeaux -2     0 Pts
18  SC Bastia -2     0 Pts
19  Toulouse FC -3     0 Pts
20  OGC Nice -4     0 Pts

 

“Ligue 1 Round-Up Week 1 Season 2013-2014” written by Seb True

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