Weekend Review: PSG and Monaco fails to win, Ajax starts title defence on a good note.

hooray-the-football-is-back-onWant to believe you enjoyed seeing some games at the weekend no doubt with some exciting goals scored in the league games and also not forgetting the Falconets’ win against Korea Republic at the ongoing FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Canada with Nigeria’s Courtney Dike setting a new record as the first woman to score the fastest goal in the history of FIFA Women competitions. (Yaay!!!! “singing Happy by Pharell Williams) *winks*

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Meanwhile, Last weekend’s matches in France was an eventful one no doubt. Champions PSG were held by Reims, runners-up Monaco were beaten at home and a riot at the Bastia vs Marseille match that left Forty-four French riot and para-military police officers injured when clashes broke out after the game. A source close to the case said scores of supporters of the Bastia team attacked police officers outside the stadium, pelting them with stones and explosive devices. (Not good for the game). In that game, Marseille were pegged back 3-3 by Claude Makelele’s men and there were also opening day wins for Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux, Nice and Nantes while Champions League hopefuls Lille were held to a 0-0 stalemate at home by Metz.

Falcao's penalty wasn't enough to save his team.
Falcao’s penalty wasn’t enough to save his team.

Twenty-year-old Valentin Lavigne scored with three minutes left to hand unfancied Lorient a shock 2-1 victory over Monaco in the final match of the opening weekend in Ligue 1 action on Sunday. Colombian striker Radamel Falcao had appeared to salvage a point for new coach Leonardo Jardim with a controversial penalty on 78 minutes, following Ricardo Carvalho’s sending-off. Cameroon international Vincent Aboubakar made no mistake from the spot as he planted a low shot past Subasic to put Lorient 1-0 in front.

Seven-time French champions Lyon began their campaign in fine style as they defeated Rennes 2-0 at the Stade Gerland. Table toppers, Caen won 3-0 win at Evian on Saturday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrating
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrating

It wasn’t the ideal start for the champions Paris Saint-Germain as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Reims in the curtain raiser on Friday with Zlatan Ibrahimovic getting a brace. And starting slowly is nothing new for PSG, who have now failed to win their opening match in any of the four seasons since Qatar Sports Investments began their revolution at the club in 2011.

Ajax players thank the fans after win over Vitesse.
Ajax players thank the fans after win over Vitesse.

Meanwhile in the Netherlands, New coach Marco van Basten got off to a winning start with AZ Alkmaar as they won 3-0 at Heracles Almelo, Steven Berghuis opening the scoring before Guus Hupperts and Muamer Tankovic added two more. A late equaliser saw Twente Enschede draw 1-1 at SC Cambuur, Heerenveen suffered a surprise 2-1 loss to newly promoted FC Dordrecht who marked their return to the top flight following a 19-year absence, while fellow league newcomers Excelsior earned a 1-1 draw at NAC Breda. Defending champions Ajax Amsterdam began the defence of their title with a comfortable 4-1 win against Vitesse Arnhem while Feyenoord edged ADO Den Haag in the last minute with a Mitchell te Vrede goal. There were also wins for PSV Eindhoven and FC Groningen against Willem II and Go Ahead Eagles respectively.

Adeyemi Adesanya
Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan
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