Ligue 1 round-up
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Monaco made a winning start to the new French season with Javier Chevanton netting on his debut to ensure victory over St Etienne.Monaco made a winning start to the new French season with Javier Chevanton netting on his debut to ensure victory over St Etienne.
The Uruguayan hit-man gave Didier Deschamps's men the best possible start to the campaign by opening his account in the very first minute of the game.
The former Lecce star controlled well before firing home from six yards.
St Etienne, making their return to the French top-flight, fought back well and dominated for long periods but could not find an equaliser.
Former Leeds loanee Zoumana Camara went close with a header while Frederic Piquonne also spurned a good opportunity.
Monaco held on for the victory and join Lyon at the top of the table after the reigning champions' win over Nice on Friday.
Paris Saint Germain's title aspirations took an early dent following a 2-1 away defeat at the hands of Rennes.
Two goals in two minutes from Olivier Sorlin and Alexander Frei put the home side on their way in the first half.
Portuguese star Pauleta pulled one back from the penalty spot before half time, but the Parisians could not net after the break.
Marseille kicked off their campaign with a win, but left it very late against 10-man Bordeaux.
Bordeaux thought they had done enough to claim a point, however, Laurent Battles' last gasp striker settled the tie.
The visitors' task was made all the harder when, with 20 minutes remaining, defender Cyril Rool was dismissed for collecting his second yellow card.
Lille began their season with a 2-0 win over Auxerre thanks to goals either side of half time.
Philipe Brunel had the home side cheering one minute before the interval and that advantage was doubled moments after the break from Geoffrey Dernis.
Tony Vairelles' late goal lifted Bastia to a 2-1 victory over Strasbourg.
Florent Ghisolfi netted for the home side just before the break, however, Strasbourg were level after 46 minutes when Mickael Pagis scored.
Elsewhere, Sylvain Monsoreau's goal was enough to give Sochaux the three-point haul with a 1-0 win over Ajaccio.
Metz left it very late but eventually claimed victory against Nantes when Richard Socrier scored with just three minutes left.
The honours were even in the battle of the new boys as Caen and Istres finished level at 1-1.
Moussa N'Diaye fired the visitors ahead just four minutes in, however, Cyril Watier equalized shortly after.
Toulouse and Lens ensured they gained a point from the opening weekend of action following a goalless draw.
Click below for a match summary:
Bastia 2-1 Strasbourg
Caen 1-1 Istres
Lille 2-0 Auxerre
Marseille 1-0 Bordeaux
Metz 1-0 Nantes
Rennes 2-1 PSG
Sochaux 1-0 AC Ajaccio
St Etienne 0-1 Monaco
Toulouse 0-0 Lens