Ramsey scores on Nice debut to save Toulouse draw


Paris, Aug 7 (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – Aug 7, 2022): Aaron Ramsey scored a minute into his Nice debut after coming on to save a 1-1 draw with promoted Toulouse at the weekend opening of the Ligue 1 season.

The Wales international equalized in the 78th minute to cancel out a first-half goal from Toulouse new signing Thijs Dallinga, last season’s top scorer in the Dutch second division.

Ramsey, 31, left Juventus when his contract ran out at the end of July and soon reappeared just across the border in Nice after signing a one-year contract.

Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has been benched by Nice coach Lucien Favre after arriving this week from Leicester City, the club with which he won the Premier League title in 2016.

Jonathan David scored twice as Portuguese manager Paulo Fonseca began his reign at Lille with a 4-1 win at home to Auxerre, who returned to the top flight for the first time in a decade.

Benjamin Andre put Lille ahead in the first minute before Canadian star David doubled the lead with just three minutes played.

David added a third before half-time and Akim Zedadka made it 4-0 just after the hour mark.

Gaetan Charbonnier grabbed a consolation for Auxerre.

Belgian defender Arthur Theate had a start to forget for Rennes, scoring an own goal past fellow newcomer Steve Mandanda in a 1-0 home loss to Lorient.

Theate, signed from Bologna in July, beat Mandanda, the 37-year-old World Cup winner who left Marseille last month after making a record 613 appearances for the club.

Welsh centre-back Joe Rodon also made his Rennes debut alongside Theate after signing a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

Florian Sotoca scored a hat-trick despite a missed penalty to give Lens a 3-2 win against Brest, while Montpellier beat Troyes by the same scoreline.

Nantes, winners of the Coupe de France last season, beaten by Paris Saint-Germain in the Trophée des Champions in Israel a week ago, drew 0-0 at Angers.

Marseille begin their campaign against Reims later on Sunday at the Velodrome, where new boss Igor Tudor is already under pressure.

PSG launched their bid for a record 11th French League crown with a 5-0 demolition of Clermont on Saturday, as Lionel Messi scored twice, including with a superb overhead kick.


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