Weekend review: Marseille starts the Ligue 1 in style. Zenit are sole leaders in Russia

Ligue 1 - Olympique de Marseille vs Toulouse

The French Ligue 1 started this weekend in great fashion as we saw 33 goals scored, the top 4 teams winning and a crazy 3-4 between Angers and Nimes.

On Friday Marseille received Toulouse, in a game that saw the first VAR decision in the league. A cross from the right side to Valere Germain was intercepted with the hand by a Toulouse defender and after the VAR review a penalty was given. Payet didn’t miss it and Marseille took the lead in the 45th minute. In the second half the home side kept the pressure, scored more 3 goals (Payet, Germain and Thauvin) to close the game with a 4-0 win.

Monaco had an expected though match in Nantes but after having a bad time during the first half, the vice-champions scored 3 goals in the second half to win 1-3. Rony Lopes, Jovetic and Falcao were the scorers for Monaco and Emiliano Sala for Nantes. With one more season selling some of their best players, Monaco hopes that Leonardo Jardim can make magic again.

cczEven with a lot of magic, will not be easy for someone to beat PSG in the race for the title. in the gameweek 1 they had no trouble to defeat Caen, even with some kind of alternative lineup. The youngsters Dagba, Nsoki, Bernede and Nkunku got a chance to start and see Neymar scoring his first of the season. Rabiot and Weah scored the other 2 goals of the game. This is the second goal for Weah, after also scoring in the Super Cup against Monaco. PSG has a very deep squad but the forward will look to have some more playing time when compared to last season.

In Angers we saw probably the craziest game of the weekend in Europe. The promoted side Nimes was down 1-3 on the 75th minute, saw their striker Clement Depres scoring the 2-3 only one minute after he came in and on the 79th minute they found themselves playing with 10. In a dramatic end of the game, Ripart scored the 3-3 on the 85th minute and Depres scored again on the 89th minute to give the 3 points to Nimes. Angers will certainly remember this game for a long time.

CSKA and Lokomotiv keep losing points in Russia

In Russia we go already with 3 rounds completed and Zenit is the only team only with wins. Yesterday they traveled to Kazan and beat Rubin 0-1. The only goal of the game came on the 78th minute by Erokhin, in a period when Zenit was one man down. Also yesterday and also with one man down, Krasnodar defeated Ufa 0-1 and they sit now 4th with 6 points.

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The teams from Moscow had a quite disappointing weekend, with Spartak having a narrow 1-0 win against Anzhi. Their mind looked to be already in the Champions League qualifier and the only goal came when the away team was playing with 9. Ze Luis scored the winner. CSKA was even less convincing, as they only managed to save a point in the game against the promoted side Yenisey. The striker Abel Hernandez scored the goal for them when when they were one man down. This was a round with several red cards.

The biggest surprise was the defeat of Lokomotiv Moscow against the other promoted side, Orenburg. In 3 games the champions have 0 goals scored and only 2 points. Orenburg is the early surprise of the season as they sit 3rd with 6 points.

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Russian Premier League – Zenit and Rostov are leaders. Slow start of the season for CSKA and Lokomotiv

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The 2nd round of the Russian Premier League is completed and Rostov surprisingly joined Zenit in the top of the league. The team from the south of Russia surprised CSKA with an early goal by Parshivlyuk and despite the pressure from the home team the result did not change. CSKA has only 1 point in 2 matches and even with the signing of Abel Hernandez the team looks short in options when comparing with other of the favorites.

Highlight to the surprising home defeat of Krylya Sovetov against Orenburg (0-3) and Ufa’s dominant home win against Anzhi (3-0).

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The 3rd round starts this Friday with the match between Ural and Dynamo Moscow. On Monday we have the top match of the week, when Zenit travels to Kazan to play against Rubin. The match between Ufa and Krasnodar should be postponed as UEFA moved their game of the Europa League from Thursday to Tuesday.

 

Russian Premier League – No goals in the Moscow derby. Zenit wins again

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The second round of the Russian Premier League is underway and yesterday we had a 0-0 tie between Lokomotiv Moscow and Spartak Moscow. The away side was always on the top and was the only team trying to win this match. The champions Lokomotiv are having a slow start of the season with a sequence of poor matches.

On the other hand Semak is having a good start with Zenit. The team from St. Petersburg won 1-0 against Arsenal Tula and is leader with 6 points. Shatov is having an impressive start of the season and will not be a surprise if we see him back to the national team very soon.

Today we have the last of the candidates playing, with CSKA receiving Rostov. Tomorrow Ufa plays at home against Anzhi, in the game that closes the 2nd round.

Guilherme saves de day for Lokomotiv

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The Russian Premier League had one more day of action, with the champion Lokomotiv Moscow having to settle for a 0-0 draw in Ufa. The Russian international (Brazilian born) Guilherme was a man of the match, saving a penalty in the last play of the game.

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Lokomotiv is the first of the main favourites losing points and this draw comes after the defeat against CSKA last Friday for the Russian Super Cup. The calendar will not get easier as next Saturday they have a Moscow derby against Spartak.