Ligue 1 started on Friday with PSG starting their title defense against Reims. Zlatan stole the show in more ways than one. He scored twice, hit the post on an open chance, and dove for a penalty which he then proceeded to miss. PSG was without two World Cup stars in David Luiz and policeman Ezequiel Lavezzi as Reims pulled off a 2-2 draw.
On Saturday, Marcelo Bielsa managed his first game for Marseille, while Claude Makélélé managed his first ever game competitive game in control of Bastia. In typical Bielsa fashion, there was no shortage of goals in a thrilling 3-3 draw. The key man was Bastia’s Christopher Maboulou. He opened the scoring with an early candidate for the goal of the year in France and then found the late equalizer to give Bastia a home point.
On Sunday, Lyon grabbed a 2-0 home win over Rennes. Alexandre Lacazette started his season on the right foot with a MOTM performance: a goal from the penalty spot, seven successful dribbles and two chances created.
Monaco’s life after James got started on a sour note, as they lost to Lorient 2-1 at home. Lorient scored late through Valentine Lavigne to get all three points. It was a particularly eventful day for Monaco’s centre backs. Aymen Abdennour conceded a penalty while Ricardo Carvalho got sent off. At leftback, Layvin Kurzawa had better luck, making five key passes and recording four tackles. Falcao played 31 minutes as a sub and managed to score a penalty.