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Lens starts league campaign with loss at Brest; Rennes and Monaco win

Bradley Locko Brest Morgan Guilavogui Lens Bradley Locko and - Photo by FRED TANNEAU/AFP via Getty Images

PARIS (AP) — After an impressive second-place finish in the French league last season, Lens opened the new campaign by losing 3-2 at Brest after leading 2-0 on Sunday.

The northern side was in command thanks to goals from forward Florian Sotoca and defender Deiver Machado, but Brest replied with a penalty from Romain Del Castillo just before halftime.

After defender Kenny Lala equalized in the 56th, Del Castillo scored with another penalty in the 87th.

Lens finished only one point behind champion Paris Saint-Germain last season, but sold club top scorer Lois Openda to German club Leipzig and midfield captain Seko Fofana to Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr.

Elsewhere, striker Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice as Monaco won 4-2 at Clermont and Danish defender Rasmus Nicolaisen grabbed a stoppage-time winner for Toulouse in a 2-1 win at Nantes.

Winger Ibrahim Salah came off the bench to score two late goals as Rennes routed promoted Metz 5-1 at home. Forwards Arnaud Kalimuendo, Amine Gouiri and Jeremy Doku had all scored for Rennes, before Salah replaced Doku in the 84th.

Nigerian striker Akor Adams netted both goals for Montpellier in a 2-2 home draw with promoted Le Havre, which equalized in stoppage time through winger Samuel Grandsir.

Strasbourg hosted Lyon later Sunday.

PSG drew 0-0 at home to Lorient on Saturday with Kylian Mbappe watching from the stands and Neymar also absent.

Neymar has reportedly agreed a two-year deal to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal, while Mbappe has returned to training with the first team following a transfer standoff.


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