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Lyon suffer first home loss, Monaco stroll


Paris (AFP) – Ten-man Lyon crashed to a “nightmarish” first home defeat at Parc OL as Bordeaux came from behind to claim a 3-1 victory, while Monaco are the early season pacesetters after crushing Lille 4-1.

Aldo Kalulu marked his first appearance of the season for Lyon with the opening goal inside two minutes, but Brazilian teenager Malcom replied for Bordeaux on the half hour.

Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons was sent off for a reckless challenge on the Bordeaux goalscorer midway through the second half and the visitors took full advantage as Gregory Sertic headed the visitors in front.

Jeremy Menez then sealed a third victory in four games for Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side in the dying stages with his first goal for his new club.

For Lyon, who were without Clement Grenier, Mathieu Valbuena and Nabil Fekir, it was their first loss at their new home since it opened in January and a second straight in the league following a shock 4-2 defeat at promoted Dijon last time out. 

Last year’s runners-up were then hit with the news that Alexandre Lacazette will miss Wednesday’s Champions League group game against Dinamo Zagreb after he limped off.

“The result and the circumstances are nightmarish because we’ve lost our first game at Parc OL, we’ve lost Maxime Gonalons to a red card and Alexandre Lacazette who is injured,” bemoaned Lyon coach Bruno Genesio.

“I’m responsible for leaving (Lacazette) on the pitch, and I’ll live with that. He’s a player who has been injured and sometimes there can be a relapse.”

Lacazette, who hobbled off at half-time during the Dijon debacle, had originally shaken off a knee injury to feature in a front three that included Rachid Ghezzal for the first time this term after a summer of stalled contract extension talks and rumours of a move.

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The hosts enjoyed a dream start as Kalulu was the beneficiary of a fortunate deflection, the youngster tapping in after Sergi Darder’s attempted pass rolled invitingly into his path.

Mouctar Diakhaby, deputising in central defence, went close to doubling Lyon’s lead on 22 minutes when Cedric Carrasso tipped the youngster’s acrobatic effort onto the crossbar.

But Malcom drove a left-footed strike from the edge of the area to draw Bordeaux level on 33 minutes.

The 19-year-old was then left writhing around in agony after Gonalons caught him badly with a poor challenge that prompted the Lyon midfielder’s dismissal on 67 minutes.

And Bordeaux were ahead just four minutes later as Sertic glanced home a free-kick for his first goal in over two years, having missed most of the last campaign through injury.

The afternoon lurched from bad to worse for Lyon when Lacazette, the league’s leading scorer, limped off with more injury problems, and Menez completed a miserable afternoon for Lyon in the 90th minute as his deflected strike looped in. 

Monaco go into their midweek Champions League tie with Tottenham Hotspur in buoyant mood as goals from Djibril Sidibe, Adama Traore, Fabinho and Kamil Glik powered them past Lille, for whom Julian Palmieri scored a late consolation.  

On Friday, Paris Saint-Germain conceded an injury-time equaliser as they warmed up for their European clash next week against Arsenal with a disappointing 1-1 home draw with Saint-Etienne.

The big-spending Parisians looked set for all three points thanks to a second-half Lucas penalty, but Robert Beric popped up in the second minute of added-on time to somehow eke out an unlikely point for the visitors.

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