Marseille's eight-goal draw at Rennes
Marseille let slip a 3-1 lead at Rennes to draw 4-4 in a topsy turvy match on the opening day of the 2008/09 French football championship.
Eric Gerets' high-profile club looked set fair for victory with their two-goal lead at the interval, and briefly went ahead 4-3 in injury time, but Rennes' Bruno Cheyrou found the net in the fourth minute of time added on to level the match.
Paris Saint Germain, who won the League Cup last season yet spent the season fighting relegation, lost 1-0 at Monaco to a Frederic Nimano goal 11 minutes from time. Reigning seven-times French champions Lyon host Toulouse in their opening match of the new campaign on Sunday.
Superb performances by Hatem Ben Arfa and keeper Steve Mandanda were not enough for Marseille to make a big impact in their opening match in Brittany.
The end of the match was simply amazing. Mandanda's 90th minute own goal to allow Rennes to pull back to 3-3, when the ball rebounded off his back from an El Amin Erbate clearance, had many thinking the match would end like that. Not so and in fact two goals were to come. In the second minute of injury time, Elliot Grandin put Marseille 4-3 ahead but amazingly Cheyrou levelled the scores two minutes later.
It is arguable whether this match helped Marseille's preparations for Wednesday's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, first leg at Norwegians Brann, but it certainly showed their deficiencies in defence.
PSG open with loss
The new-look PSG under Charles Villeneuve was deservedly beaten by a young and spirited Monaco side at the Louis-II stadium. PSG, who host Bordeaux next week, simply did not merit more than defeat. Paul Le Guen's team showed deficiencies against a Monaco side depleted by injuries but nevertheless still determined to give everything for the win.
Monaco had a quiet summer in the transfer market but showed great understanding between Jean-Jacques Gosso and Camel Meriem as well as good quality teamwork. Without the injured Serge Gakpe, Djamel Bakar, Yannick Sagbo, and Freddy Adu, who was at the Olympics, Monaco were hampered in the attacking department.
Monaco even had the setbacks of losing defender and knee-victim Adriano in the 13th minute and then Leandro Cufre in the 22nd but PSG lacked bite and were not able to make the most of it.
Monaco's second-half goal was thanks to another accurate pass from Meriem allowing Nimani to open the score with a sublime header and the home side had no trouble cruising to victory as they dominated the final exchanges.