PSG remain unbeaten in Ligue 1, mount rally to thrash Nantes

PSG was a different side after the break and Ibrahimovic leveled three minutes into the second half with his 108th goal for the club.

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Ligue 1 leader Paris Saint-Germain came from behind to win 4-1 at Nantes and maintain its unbeaten start to the season on Saturday.

Yacine Bammou, who worked selling Zlatan Ibrahimovic shirts in the PSG shop little more than two years ago, opened the scoring for Nantes in the 11th minute and hit the post moments later.

PSG was a different side after the break and Ibrahimovic leveled three minutes into the second half with his 108th goal for the club. The Sweden international is one goal away from equaling Pauleta’s record as PSG’s top scorer.

Substitute Edinson Cavani headed PSG in front in the 73rd and Angel Di Maria, who had set up the previous two, got on the scoresheet himself with 10 minutes remaining. Serge Aurier scored in stoppage time.

PSG moved provisionally four points ahead of Saint-Etienne, which hosts Nice on Sunday. It is seven points ahead of fourth-placed Rennes, which welcomes Troyes in one of the later matches.

PSG coach Laurent Blanc rested several players ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Shakhtar Donetsk and Cavani started on the bench along with Thiago Motta, Maxwell and Blaise Matuidi.

Nantes had lost its past three matches and hadn’t beaten PSG since 2004 but took a surprise lead when Bammou headed in Valentin Rongier’s cross from the right. Bammou almost doubled his tally four minutes later but headed Alejandro Bedoya’s cross off the base of the right upright.

LIGUE 1 RESULTS

It was the first time this season that PSG had been behind at halftime. Ibrahimovic leveled almost immediately after the restart. Javier Pastore crossed for Angel Di Maria and his effort was blocked but Ibrahimovic followed up from close range.

Cavani came off the bench in the 65th and gave PSG the lead five minutes later as he was left unmarked to head home Di Maria’s free kick. Di Maria all but sealed the match seven minutes later as he ran onto Pastore’s long ball, got goal side of the defenders and lifted the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Remy Riou.

Aurier vollyed in Pastore’s corner for his first goal for PSG.

Bordeaux 3, Lyon 1

Bordeaux inflicted a shock 3-1 defeat on Lyon after a blistering first-half performance at the Stade Matmut Atlantique.

Wahbi Khazri opened the scoring in the 17th minute and his set-pieces led to goals for Jaroslav Plasil and Pablo shortly before half-time.Lyon, with star striker Alexandre Lacazette still troubled by a back injury and absent, lacked attacking impetus and could only manage Claudio Beavue’s 78th-minute goal in reply.

Bordeaux had been thumped 6-1 by Nice in midweek and languished dangerously close to the Ligue 1 relegation zone, but they bounced back in style against Hubert Fournier’s title hopefuls. Cedric Carrasso saved Valbuena’s free-kick before Bordeaux took the lead at the other end through Khazri’s fourth league goal of the season.

Diego Rolan picked out Khazri who timed his run perfectly to beat the offside trap, took the ball onto his right foot and beat keeper Anthony Lopes from an angle. Clement Chantome was booked for a foul on Valbuena before Bordeaux replaced Milan Gajic with Andre Poko with the game barely half an hour old.

Corentin Tolisso missed the target from Valbuena’s corner and Lyon were punished five minutes before half-time when Plasil showed him how to do it. Khazri delivered to the near post and the Czech midfielder glanced home his second goal in as many games, a superb start to his comeback following four months out injured.

Amazingly, it got even better for Les Girondins in first-half stoppage time when Khazri swung in a dipping free-kick and the leaping Pablo poked home left-footed to give his side an emphatic lead. Carrasso kept out Jordan Ferri’s shot early in the second half before Lyon sent on Rachid Ghezzal in place of Valbuena.

Lopes denied Rolan one on one after Plasil’s perfect pass, while Ghezzal was unable to find a way past Carrasso at the other end. Beauvue hammered a free-kick just wide before Steed Malbranque took the place of Tolisso. Pablo was almost immediately booked for a late tackle on the new man.

The consolation goal came when Ghezzal sent over a corner and Beauvue made a run to the near post and finished with a firm downward header. There was to be no comeback, though, as Malbranque wasted a free-kick from a deep position and Henri Saivet and Nicolas Pallois combined to snuff out another Lyon attack.

The result lifted Bordeaux to 12th in the table on 10 points, two fewer than sixth-placed Lyon.

Rennes 1, Troyes 1

Rennes had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to struggling Troyes.

The visitors, without a win in Ligue 1 this season, went ahead against the run of play through Jessy Pi’s 11th-minute volley. Rennes remain unbeaten since the opening day of the campaign and always looked like getting an equalizing goal. It came after 71 minutes when Fallou Diagne got to a cross ahead of goalkeeper Denis Petric to head the ball into an empty net.

Clinton N’Jie wanted a penalty late on after feeling his shirt was being pulled inside the area and as frustration boiled over, Yacouba Sylla was sent off in injury time following a second yellow card.