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Ligue 1 Wrap: PSG edge Nantes, Lille beat Saint-Etienne

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 25 Aug 2013


Paris Saint-Germain secured their first Ligue 1 win of the season as a second-half goal from Ezequiel Lavezzi helped them beat Nantes 2-1.

Lavezzi netted after 73 minutes from point-blank range to give Laurent Blanc’s men all three points from a frenetic encounter on Sunday.

PSG took the lead 24 minutes into the game, Zlatan Ibrahimovic splitting the home defence with an excellent through-ball to allow Edinson Cavani to get his second goal in as many weeks.

Nantes responded excellently and the Brittany club got their reward seven minutes into the second half, as Alex diverted a Jordan Veretout free-kick into his own net to level things up.

The hosts threatened to take all three points at the Stade de la Beaujoire, with midfielder Alejandro Bedoya going close.

However, it was Lavezzi who had the final say, firing in after Lucas Moura’s effort had been cleared off the line following a wonderful move that included Ibrahimovic, Blaise Matuidi and Cavani.

Lille bounced back excellently to defeat against Reims last week, Rene Girard’s men dealing Saint-Etienne their first loss of the campaign as they secured a 1-0 home win at the Grand Stade Metropole.

A first-half penalty from Salomon Kalou proved to be enough for the 2010-11 champions. The former Chelsea man – now in his second season with Lille – converting from the penalty spot after he been dragged down by midfielder Jeremy Clement.

Elsewhere, Ajaccio are still without a win as they were held to a goalless draw by Nice at the Stade Francois Coty.

Fabrizio Ravanelli’s men earned a superb point at PSG last weekend, but they could not build on that result in what proved to be a dour spectacle in Corsica, with both sides settling for a share of the spoils from a contest that contained few goalscoring opportunities.


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