Ligue 1: Reims upset Bordeaux with late rally, Toulouse defeat Saint-Etienne
PARIS – Reims scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to upset Bordeaux 2-1 Sunday in the French league while Saint-Etienne lost at Toulouse by the same scoreline.
After Whabi Khazri put the hosts ahead in the 42nd minute, Bordeaux could not hold on to its lead as Nicolas De Preville leveled with ten minutes remaining. Theoson Jordan Siebatcheu scored the winner in the 88th to seal Reims’ first win at Bordeaux in 40 years.
Toulouse recovered from a goal down to upset St Etienne 2-1 on the opening weekend of the new Ligue 1 season.
St Etienne, who finished fifth last term, took a 17th minute lead through long-serving centre-back Loic Perrin’s header from a Romain Hamouma corner.
Having only avoided relegation by one place last season, Toulouse must have feared the worst at that point but they were on level terms within 10 minutes thanks to Denmark striker Martin Braithwaite’s 25-yard free-kick.
Wissam Ben Yedder, who scored seven goals in Toulouse’s last 13 Ligue 1 games in 2014/15, then put the hosts in front after 53 minutes from another dead-ball situation and they held on for the win, despite losing striker Aleksandar Pesic to a red card with four minutes to go.
Lyon were held to a 0-0 draw in their first game of the Ligue 1 season after failing to beat Lorient goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte.
Nabil Fekir attempted to inspire last season’s second-placed side in a lively first half but Lecomte made a string of fine saves.
The second period was a less inspiring affair as perennial strugglers Lorient claimed an impressive point.
They had started brightly, with Benjamin Jeannot’s 25-yard shot saved and Didier Bouanga side-footing wide with Benjamin Moukandjo better-placed.
Fekir’s drive was deflected wide with Lecomte stranded, before Steed Malbranque’s deft back-header was saved.
Lorient’s Raphael Guerreiro volleyed over on the stretch after Bouanga’s effort was deflected to him six yards out.
Lyon hit the woodwork twice in one remarkable incident, Fekir inadvertently blocking a clearance onto one post and Lecomte parrying Lacazette’s first follow-up effort before pushing his second against the other upright.
They finished the game with 10 men after Lacazette went off holding his lower back, and Rachid Ghezzal’s solo effort came to nothing as the game finished goalless.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.