KENYA BROWN - Monday, September 3, 2018
Matt Miazga and Nantes bagged their first win of the season as they downed Strasbourg while Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu started his first game for Rennes in their win over Bordeaux.
Strasbourg 2-3 Nantes
It took some time but Nantes were able to hold off Strasbourg and take all three points at Stade de la Meinau to get their season on the right track.
Les Canaries would find themselves down a goal in the 21st minute when Ludovic Ajorque was left open to head the ball into the goal following a cross from teammate Adrien Thomasson.
However, Strasbourg would gift Nantes the equalizer just after the half-hour mark when Valentin Rongier's shot was deflected by Stefan Mitrovic and ended up in the back of the net for the own goal.
Nantes then took the lead before the halftime whistle when Lucas Evangelista collected a pass from Abdul Waris before firing a curling shot past a diving Matz Sels.
Emiliano Sala extended Nantes' lead in the 59th minute when jumped to head in a cross from Lucas Lima.
Strasbourg cut the deficit in the 81st minute when Nuno Da Costa steered the ball home to give them a chance at tying the game.
But it was too late as Nantes took the win.
Nantes sits in 16th place in the standings with four points.
Rennes 2-0 Bordeaux
Rennes started out of the gate early as two first half goals were enough to see them beat Bordeaux at Roazhon Park.
Siebatcheu found himself as the lone striker in the team's 4-2-3-1 formation.
The host scored their first goal of the game in the 12 minute when Benjamin Andre rose up to head in Clement Grenier's corner kick.
Siebatcheu nearly scored his first goal for Rennes just seconds after the restart when he took possession of the ball in the area. But his shot was saved by Benoit Costil.
Rennes then doubled their lead in the 16th minute when another corner kick saw Rami Bensebaini this time head the ball into the back of the net.
Les Rouges et Noirs were in dominant form during the game and should have scored more, but their lead held out and they comfortably took all three points.
Rennes sits in sixth place in the standings with seven points.
In Ligue 2, Quentin Westberg was between the sticks for Auxerre but they were beated 2-0 by Brest.