Sunday, August 5, 2007
ESPNsoccernet: August 7, 1:45 PM UK
Ligue 1 round-up: Le Mans see off newcomers Metz
PARIS, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Olympique Lyon started their quest for a seventh successive Ligue 1 title with an easy home 2-0 win over Auxerre on Sunday.
Lyon, who have lost several important players during the
close season, most notably France midfielder Florent Malouda to
Chelsea, dominated and were never in danger.
Czech striker Milan Baros opened the scoring on 32 minutes,
collecting a through ball from midfielder Jeremy Toulalan to
beat Auxerre keeper Olivier Sorin from close range.
France forward Karim Benzema doubled the advantage 20
minutes from time with a superb shot from the edge of the box.
Metz, back in the top flight after winning the Ligue 2 title
last season, lost 1-0 at Le Mans in their opening match of the
campaign earlier on Sunday.
Serbia defender Marko Basa headed home the only goal of the
match in the first half.
Olympique Marseille, regarded by many as the team with the
best chance of ending Lyon's supremacy, started in disappointing
fashion on Saturday with a 0-0 draw at promoted Racing