Bordeaux strike late to deny Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1

A stoppage-time free-kick by stand-in captain Henri Saivet gave Bordeaux a 1-1 draw with Saint-Etienne at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in the early Ligue 1 game on Saturday.

Paris: A stoppage-time free-kick by stand-in captain Henri Saivet gave Bordeaux a 1-1 draw with Saint-Etienne at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in the early Ligue 1 game on Saturday.

Beaten 2-1 at Toulouse in their opening league match last weekend, Saint-Etienne looked set for all three points when Fabien Lemoine set up Romain Hamouma for a low finish across stand-in Bordeaux goalkeeper Jerome Prior and in on 58 minutes.

However, they had taken the lead in Toulouse before conceding twice from direct free-kicks and it was a dead ball that did for Les Verts again this time.

The match was in stoppage time when the visitors won a free-kick in a central position 20 yards out, and the wall opened up to let Senegal international Saivet`s low shot through to ensure a share of the points.

Later on Saturday, last season`s runners-up Lyon go to Guingamp with Mathieu Valbuena set to make his debut after the France international playmaker signed from Dynamo Moscow in midweek.

The pick of the other matches sees promoted Angers, top of the table after the opening weekend, entertain derby rivals Nantes.

On Sunday, Marseille go to Reims in their first game since the shock resignation of coach Marcelo Bielsa, while champions Paris Saint-Germain are at home to newly-promoted Corsican minnows Gazelec Ajaccio.

On Friday, Monaco warmed up for their Champions League play-off first leg against Valencia by drawing 0-0 at home to Lille.

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