French Ligue 1 Match day 5 Roundup
After the international break, French top flight football returns filled with an action packed weekend as 20 teams battle it out to begin the month of September on an winning note. Discover whose goal proved decisive and whose luck ran out as we bring you all the actions from Match day 5 of the French ligue 1 confroma.
The summer window is closed and the club in charge of a full swap in the squad was Paris Saint Germain. After making an unbelievable purchase of the Brazilian Neymar from Fc Barcelona in a world record transfer fee of 222 million euros, PSG requited another starlet in the form of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco in a season-long loan with an option to buy on the deadline day of the summer window.
Mbappe produced a huge impact in his debut in club’s trip to Metz where the capital club hammered their opponents with a 5-1 victory. He scored a goal and made an assist before challenging Celtic in the Champions league group stage game at Glasgow in midweek. Paris began scoring in the 31st minute when Cavani accurately slotted in from Neymar’s clever pass. However the lead was short- lived as Metz’s center forward Riveria put past a confused Areola to make it 1-1 just before the halftime whistle. Metz provided a superb defensive show in the first half but they were devasted by the direct dismissal of Assou Ekito in the 57th minute. PSG took advantage of the less numbered opponent and went on to crush them. The moment finally arrived for Mbappe who brought back the lead for his club with a cracking volley down the middle. The debutant was also involved minutes after his goal laying the pass for Adrien Rabiot to score the third of the game. The latter placed a fine ball in the path of the Uruguayan Cavani who slotted in for his second. The last nail in Metz coffin was hammered by the substitute Lucas Moura.
Things took an unexpected turn in the path of Champions Monaco as they concided four in the derby against disfigured Nice. The loss came as a surprise for Monaco as they ended their 21 match winning streak started from the last season. Mario Balloteli showed his superiority with his brace and Saint Maxim played well against his former club. His pass found Balloteli who aimed at goal as early as 5 minutes into the game but his shot was saved by Subasic. Then he was man handled in the box by French fullback Djirbl Sidibe while receiving the rebounded pass from Saint Maxim. The Italian put the home side in lead from the spot from the certainly spot kick. Maxim created another terrific move setting up Alissono Plea from a counter attack whose pinpointed finish left Monaco shook vigorously. The defensive pair of Kamil Glik and Jemerson did not reacted well when Balloteli came up with his second. Further worries erupted when youngster Gnago made it 4-0.
Distorn and unorganized with European clash looming, Marseille suffered a shock defeat home to Stade Rennes. With Konyospor the next visitors at orange Velodram, this defeat is a severe blow to them. Young prospect Ismalia Sarr produced a gem of a cross to set up Sami Khazri whose back heeled strike found the back of the net. The wake of the first goal brought the second one, scored by Bourigaed in the 10th minute. He laid down the pass for Gnagon to finish scoring in a 3-0 rout.
Olympique Lyon collected a less than satisfying victory against Guingamp at home by 2-1 scoreline. Mariano Diaz scored his fifth of the campaign in the 19th minute, pass provided by the playmaker Nabel Fekir. Guingamp were unlucky because of their lack of finish in front of goal otherwise they would have caused more trouble. Memphis Depay then set up Fekir to score his goal before Thuram pulled one back a minute later for the away side. But that did not sprouted a late comeback for the visitors.
Saint Etienne dropped two points against Angers Sco who held them to a 1-1 draw. Both goals were scored inside ten minutes. Cabella’s strike 40 seconds from kick off was cancelled out by Maganni’s spot kick in the 9th minute.
Elsewhere, Nantes graped their second victory of the campaign through a 1-0 win against Montpellier, both wins on away ground.
Lille were left frustatad as they drew goalless with Bordeaux. Caen run away 2-1 winners vs Dijon while Amiens picked up a 1-0 victory over Strasbourg in a newcomers warfare. Troyes and Toulouse drew 0-0