26 August 2012 23:54
Marseille have continued their perfect start to the Ligue 1 season with a 1-0 win over Montpellier, while Paris Saint-Germain drew again.
A second-half goal from Marseille’s Andre-Pierre Gignac continued Montpellier’s dreadful defence of their Ligue 1 title with the reigning champions having secured just one point in three games.
In front of their home crowd on Sunday, Montpellier went closest in the first half when Younes Belhanda hit the bar in the 37th minute, although if the Moroccan midfielder had scored it would have been ruled out because one of his teammates was offside.
Gignac almost scored a couple of minutes later when he headed Mathieu Valbuena’s cross just over but he did not miss in the 77th minute.
In a rapid counter-attack, Morgan Amalfitano passed to Gignac on the left wing and the 26-year-old striker cut inside before beating Montpellier’s goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren at the near post.
Marseille lead Ligue 1 with nine points, two clear of Lyon, Valenciennes and Toulouse.
In Paris, PSG made it three draws to start the new season after being held 0-0 by Bordeaux.
The big-spending capital club dominated possession at home but completed their second match in a row without scoring and PSG’s fans made it clear they were unimpressed, booing their team off the pitch.
PSG had 13 shots but just four on target, while Bordeaux had their chances on the break with 10 attempts on goal, although Paris’ goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu only needed to make two saves.
In the other Ligue 1 match, St Etienne smashed Brest 4-0 with Pierre Aubameyang playing a role in all four goals.
The 23-year-old Gabonese striker scored the first and last goals, while his shot came off the post for Romain Hamouma’s tap-in, which made it 2-0.
Aubameyang also flicked on a cross to Josua Guilavogui for St Etienne’s third goal of the match.