Rennes rout Dijon
Rennes took top spot in the French Ligue 1 table after the first weekend of the new season with a 5-1 rout of newcomers Dijon on Sunday.
The Britanny side are ahead of Lyon and Montpellier on goal difference with the Burgundy team bottom of the table after their first top-flight outing.
"It's a good thing to win your first away match 5-1," said Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti.
"We knew that there was a difference between the two teams since Dijon are promoted and my team were able to rein in their euphoria. The quality of Rennes' strikers made the difference. We're going to hammer this home during our second match against PSG." Dijon dominated early play but had little to show for their work with efforts from Brice Jovial (7) and Gregory Thil (17) ruled offside.
Rennes finally found their feet after Julien Feret missed a 29th-minute penalty, getting on the scoreboard through Colombian Victor Hugo Montano after 34 minutes.
Two minutes later Feret doubled their account making up for his missed penalty as he picked up a Montano cross to slide the ball past goalkeeper Jean-Daniel Padovani.
Dijon got one back just before half-time with Jovial picking up a Thil corner to finish off with a header.
But Antonetti's side quickly regained their two-goal advantage following a solo effort from Togolese midfielder Abdoulrazak Boukari six minutes after the break.
Dijon could have reduced the deficit but Thil missed a penalty, with the hosts paying the price for poor defending with Kader Mangane (75) and Alexander Tettey (85) concluding the rout.
"This match was a false start," insisted Dijon coach Patrice Carteron.
"We mustn't lose heart and must now prepare for Saturday's game at Toulouse."
Bordeaux meanwhile got off to a bad start under new manager Francis Gillot as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Saint-Etienne.
An own goal from Bordeaux's Mickael Ciani gave the visitors the lead after just 18 minutes with Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubling Saint Etienne's account after 32 minutes.
Brazilian midfielder Jussie got one back when he slotted home a 56-minute penalty.
Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday failed to show the fruits of their money-spinning takeover by Qatar Sports Investments, falling 1-0 at home to Lorient, as champions Lille and runners-up Marseille both had to settle for a point.