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PSG’s shaky start continues as Marseille, Bordeaux win

Reuters, PARIS

Olympique de Marseille’s Andre-Pierre Gignac, third right, scores against Sochaux-Montbeliard in their Ligue 1 match in Marseille, France, on Sunday.

Photo: Reuters

Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain continued their shaky start to the Ligue 1 season when they were held to a 0-0 draw at AC Ajaccio and had Ezequiel Lavezzi sent off, before the floodlights failed for several minutes on Sunday.

PSG, expected to ease to the title, were missing new signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, who are not fully fit, but they still had the best chances before Argentine Lavezzi was dismissed on the hour for a two-footed jumping tackle.

Jeremy Menez had a gilt-edged opportunity, but his effort was saved amid PSG pressure, while Eduardo hit the post with a classy strike for the Corsicans, relegation contenders last term.

With the game already into stoppage-time, the floodlights at the modest Stade Francois-Coty suddenly went out, leaving fans and players standing about wondering what was going on as the referee chatted with Ajaccio officials.

Eventually the lights came back on and the teams played out the remaining few minutes with no incident.

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti, sent to the stands before the blackout for kicking a bottle in disgust, also saw his side draw their opener the previous weekend when former AC Milan forward Ibrahimovic spared their blushes with a late leveler at home to Lorient.

Olympique de Marseille and Andre-Pierre Gignac endured a torrid time last season, but the burly frontman finally came good with the first goal in a 2-0 win over Sochaux-Montbeliard at the Stade Velodrome.

Rod Fanni sealed the win late on as the southerners racked up a second straight league win under new coach Elie Baup.

“It’s good for our confidence. It’s a good start to the season. It has been a while since OM started a season like this,” Gignac told reporters after scoring following a 54th-minute corner and having other chances.

Girondins de Bordeaux, the 2009 champions who were just as anonymous as 2010 winners Marseille last term, also made it a maximum six points when Poland midfielder Ludovic Obraniak netted his second of the season in a 1-0 victory over Stade Rennais.

Henri Saivet missed a penalty midway though the first half, but Obraniak fired in 15 minutes from time for the hosts.

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