Marseille’s thrilling comeback win at Montpellier on the opening weekend of the Ligue 1 campaign was marred by crowd trouble.
Montpellier led 2-0 at half-time through a Luan Peres own goal and a Gaetan Laborde effort before Marseille loanee Cengiz Under marked his debut by halving the deficit.
Dimitri Payet then bagged a five-minute brace, including a fine free-kick, to complete a 3-2 win.
After Payet’s second goal referee Jeremie Pignard was forced to stop play after missiles were thrown on the pitch.
Some reports claimed Marseille midfielder Valentin Rongier had been struck by a projectile before the game was continued and the final minutes played.
Burak Yilmaz hit a last-gasp equaliser as champions Lille came from behind to earn a 3-3 draw at 10-man Metz.
Fabien Centonze struck either side of a Matthieu Udol effort to put the hosts 3-1 up after Lille defender Sven Botman had broken the deadlock.
But, with Boubakar Kouyate sent off just before the hour for a foul on Yilmaz, the hosts were pegged back.
Nanitamo Ikone reduced the arrears with nine minutes remaining before the experienced Yilmaz provided the equaliser at the death.
And 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗲𝗲𝗲𝗲 😅— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) August 8, 2021
Clermont Foot are in Ligue 1 for the first time in their history and the top-flight newcomers enjoyed a fine start.
Promoted as Ligue 2 runners-up last season, two late goals saw Pascal Gastien’s side win 2-0 at Bordeaux as Mohamed Bayo and Jodel Dossou struck.
There was also a 2-0 away win for Angers with goals from Ismael Traore and Stephane Bahoken enough to take three points away from Strasbourg.
Lens drew 1-1 at Rennes as Seko Fofana cancelled out Kamaldeen Sulemana’s opener for the hosts while Nice and Reims played out a goalless start to their campaigns.
Meanwhile, Wahbi Khazri’s penalty saw St Etienne come from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Lorient, who had taken the lead through Vincent Le Goff.
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