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Newly promoted Lens records opening victory

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PARIS - Promoted Lens recorded their first goal and points of the Ligue 1 season with a 1-0 win at Lyon while Radamel Falcao lifted Monaco's spirits in Ligue 1 action on Sunday.

The Colombia striker, who missed the World Cup due to injury, got last season's runners-up off the mark at the third attempt against Nantes.

Winless after their opening two outings, Monaco went into the game at the foot of the nascent table but climbed up to fourth from bottom when Falcao headed home Layvin Kurzawa's cross for the only goal in the 17th minute to the relief of, among others, Monaco's new boss Leonardo Jardim.

Falcao started at the expense of Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov.

While that result at Nantes raised spirits at the principality club, Lyon's miserable week had earlier ended on a sour note.

Lyon boss Hubert Fournier had hoped for a response from his side after Thursday's shock 2-1 home defeat to Romanians Astra Giurgiu in the first leg of the Europa League play-offs, but instead they floundered once more.

Madagascar international Lalaina Nomenjanahary netted an 11th-minute goal for Lens and, despite wasting several chances to increase their lead, it proved enough to secure a first victory of the campaign after successive defeats.

Fournier's injury-riddled side suffered another blow midweek with France midfielder Clement Grenier added to the mounting list of casualties after being sidelined for six to eight weeks following surgery to fix a lingering groin problem.





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