French Ligue 1 Round-Up: No Neymar Show, Mbappe Fires Blank, And Lyon Are Early Leaders

Defending champions, Monaco enjoyed a winning start to the French Ligue 1 season defeating a resilient Toulouse side 3-2 at Stade Louis II. Goals from Jemerson, Radamel Falcao and Kamil Glik won the game for Les Rouges et Blancs, who twice had to come from behind to clinch maximum points.

It was business as usual for PSG, who claimed a comfortable 2-0 home win against Amiens, thanks to goals from Edison Cavani and Javier Pastore. Expectedly, world record signing Neymar failed to make his debut, as the paper work for his transfer hadn’t been processed by the French Football Federation (FFF) by the time the game was played. The win keeps PSG in fifth-place after the first round of matches.

Lyon raced to the top of the table following a comprehensive 4-0 win against Strasbourg.  It was a rude return to the top-flight for Strasbourg, as a brace each from new signing Mariano Diaz and Nabil Fekir condemned them to a defeat which leaves them at the bottom of the table.

In a game of the new coaches, Lille managed by Argentine head coach Marcelo Bielsa handed a 3-0 hammering to Nantes who are coached by Claudio Ranieri at Stade Pierre Mauroy. Paraguayan international Junior Alonso, Nicolas de Preville and Anwar El-Ghazi all found the back of the net to hand Lille a spot in second-place.

Finally at Stade Velodrome, Cameroon forward Clinton Njie marked his permanent switch to Marseille by netting a brace after coming on as a half-time substitute. Florent Thauvin was the other goal scorer in a 3-0 opening day win against Dijon, a result which stands them out as one of the early season pace setters, occupying second position on the log.