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Ligue 1: Marseille win again

12 August 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 12/08/17 9:58pm

Marseille maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with victory over Nantes

Marseille maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with victory over Nantes

A late goal from Lucas Ocampos secured Marseille a 1-0 win at Nantes to maintain their 100 per cent start to the new Ligue 1 campaign.

Rudi Garcia’s men had seen an effort from Florian Thauvin ruled out for offside before Maxime Lopez sent an effort just wide.

The visitors, though, made sure they left La Beaujoire-Louis-Fonteneau with all three points when Argentine midfielder Ocampos slotted in a rebound with just two minutes left.

However, there was still time left for Nantes striker Emiliano Sala to head a late chance only just off target as Claudio Ranieri’s side were left to reflect on a second straight Ligue 1 defeat.

Marseille must now regroup ahead of Thursday’s Europa League play-off against Slovenian side NK Domzale, when they will be looking to stretch an unbeaten run which currently stands at 21 matches.

St Etienne became the third side to make it two wins out of two – following rivals Lyon on Friday night, and then OM – as they secured a 1-0 victory at Caen in Saturday’s evening kick-offs.

Romain Hamouma netted the crucial strike on 67 minutes when he latched onto a through-ball and raced clear down the left before slotting his shot under the goalkeeper to leave Caen still pointless.

Saint-Etienne's French midfielder Romain Hamouma (L) celebrates with team-mates after scoring against Caen

Saint-Etienne's French midfielder Romain Hamouma (L) celebrates with team-mates after scoring against Caen

Saint-Etienne’s French midfielder Romain Hamouma (L) celebrates with team-mates after scoring against Caen

Montpellier were unable to follow up their opening win as they lost 1-0 at Toulouse, where Sweden midfielder Jimmy Durmaz converted from the penalty spot two minutes before half-time.

Bordeaux remain unbeaten after their 2-0 home win against Metz.

The hosts, who drew their first domestic match having failed to progress in the Europa League qualifiers, took the lead just before half-time through Valentin Vada, who produced a neat turn at the edge of the penalty area and a low shot inside the near post.

Senegal midfielder Younousse Sankhare added a second in the 64th minute when he swept in from close range after Brazil forward Malcom cut in from the right and clipped the ball across the six-yard box.

Angers, who drew 2-2 with Bordeaux last week, collected their first win of the new campaign after a 2-0 victory at Amiens.

Enzo Crivelli clipped home a neat finish on 27 minutes after being played into the right side of the penalty area by Thomas Mangani.

Midfielder Mangani got on the scoresheet himself early in the second half when, on 56 minutes, he lobbed the ball back over Amiens goalkeeper Regis Gurtner who had been stranded after rushing out to make a sliding challenge on Crivelli as the striker chased down a long ball.


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