KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 13, 2018
Timothy Weah came off the bench to score his first Ligue 1 goal as Paris St. Germain cruised past Caen in the capital team's season opener on Saturday.
PSG 3-0 Caen
PSG started their title defense off in good fashion as they had no problems disposing of Caen at Parc des Princes.
While the Parisiens may have their sights set on getting their hands on that elusive Champions League trophy this season, they also want to maintain their dominance on the domestic front with rivals like Marseille, Lyon, and Monaco looking to clip their wings.
PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel led out his team with Weah taking a place on the bench as Kylian Mbappe and few other players were rested as they continued their recoveries from World Cup duty.
Despite missing a few regulars, the host still had enough fire power to put on a dominant performance.
Neymar opened the scoring for PSG 10 minutes into the contest when he received a pass from teammate Christopher Nkunku, leaving him one-on-one with Caen goalkeeper Brice Samba to slot the ball home.
Adrien Rabiot doubled PSG's lead in the 35th minute when he ran onto a low cross from Angel Di Maria to tap the ball into the back of the net.
Caen did all they could to stay in the game, but PSG was too strong.
Weah would enter the game for Neymar with just a few minutes left, but it was well worth it as he scored his team's third goal in the 89th minute. Samba had collected a backpass from teammate Alexander Djiku, but did a poor job clearing it away as the young American forward pressured him enough to force and error as the ball wound in the goal.
With the summer transfer window still open for a few weeks, Weah could find himself playing a role for PSG as he continues his good form for the team.
US Orleans 0-3 Auxerre
Auxerre got their first three points of the Ligue 2 season with a comfortable shutout win over Orleans at the Stade de la Source.
Goalkeeper Quentin Westberg, who was on the bench for the team most of last season, got the start for AJA in the win.
There was not a long wait for the first goal of the game as the visitors found the back of the net in the third minute. Mickael Barreto's volleyed effort beat Orleans' goalkeeper Gauthier Gallon at the near post.
Yanis Merdji made it 2-0 four minutes before halftime when he connected on a cross from Kenji Boto with a diving header.
Boto and Merdji would link up again in the 53rd minute to put the game to bed for Auxerre as another cross from the left wound up be headed into the back of the net.
Westberg also did his part to maintain Auxerre's shutout as he was called in to make a save from a looping head from Durel
Avounou. Gaetan Perrin's follow-up header was then grabbed by the French-American.
It was a positive win for Auxerre after two losses to start off the season.
Matt Miazga started his loan with Nantes watching from the bench as Les Canaries opened their season with a 3-1 loss to Monaco.
Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu did not dress for Rennes as they started their season with a 3-1 loss to Lille.
Down in the third tier of French soccer, Maki Tall started for Tours as they shared the points with Entente SSG following a 0-0 tie.