Ligue 1 kicks-off: Rennes & Marseille play out dramatic 4-4 draw; New-boys Grenoble start with a win

Bordeaux 2 – Caen 1 (Ligue 1, August 9, 2008) Benjamin Nivet opened the scoring for Caen, but last year?€™s runners-up came back to win, Yoann Gourcuff levelling for Bordeaux with a howitzer from the edge of the box before Fernando Cavenaghi hit the winner with a flicked header.

Rennes 4 – Marseille 4 (Ligue 1, August 9, 2008) Bakari Kone (?€™12), Hatem Ben Arfa (?€™15) and Mamadou Niang (?€™28) all scored for Marseille after Olivier Thomert had given Rennes a sixth-minute lead. But Olivier Thomert grabbed a second soon after the break and Steve Mandanda scored an own goal in the 89th minute. Eliot Grandin?€™s 90th-minute goal looked to have sealed it for OM but there was still time for Bruno Cheyrou to salvage a draw in a pulsating match.

Monaco 1 – PSG 0 (Ligue 1, August 9, 2008) Frederic Nimani?€™s second-half header earned Monaco an opening-day victory over Paris St Germain. The 19-year-old struck with just 11 minutes left, capping an impressive debut by guiding a superb header into the corner following Camel Meriem?€™s left-wing cross.

Auxerre 2 – Nantes 1 (Ligue 1, August 9, 2008) Auxerre saw off newly-promoted Nantes with Julien Quercia grabbing the decisive goal in the 73rd minute. David De Freitas (68) had earlier cancelled out Ireneusz Jelen?€™s 35th-minute effort.

Le Havre 1 – Nice 0 (Ligue 1, August 9, 2008)

Le Mans 0 – Lorient 1 (Ligue 1, August 9, 2008)

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Sochaux 1 – Grenoble 2 (Ligue 1, August 9, 2008) Newly-promoted Grenoble claimed a dramatic win over Sochaux, thanks to late goals from Nassim Akrour (?€™87) and Daniel Moreira (?€™88). Mevlut Erdinc scored for Sochaux.

Valenciennes 1 – St. Etienne 0 (Ligue 1, August 9, 2008)

Dijon 1 – Strasbourg 3 (Ligue 2, August 8, 2008)

Metz 1 – Tours 0 (Ligue 2, August 8, 2008)

Reims 1 – Ajaccio 3 (Ligue 2, August 8, 2008)

Chateauroux 0 – Troyes 1 (Ligue 2, August 8, 2008)

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