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PSG in five-goal rout as Bordeaux slip up

French champions PSG made a statement of intent on Sunday beating Saint Etienne 5-0 at the Parc des Princes, while leaders Bordeaux slipped up at home to Bastia and Lyon lost again.

PSG in five-goal rout as Bordeaux slip up
Zlatan celebrates after scoring one of three goals against St Etienne on Sunday night. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP

Champions Paris Saint-Germain thumped Saint-Etienne 5-0 as Bordeaux saw their 100 percent record at the start of the Ligue 1 season ended on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against Bastia.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick and strike partner Edinson Cavani also netted as the big-spending Parisians ran riot in the capital to move up to second.

But they were given a huge help[ing hand by Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier who failed to control a back pass on 24 minutes, turning the ball into his own net as he tried to the steer it on to his right foot but instead pushed it over the line.

Ibrahimovic notched his first four minutes before the break with a firm header from Maxwell's left-wing cross.

He doubled his tally as he ran on to a wayward back pass on 62 minutesbefore rounding Ruffier and slotting into the empty net.

A minute later Cavani lashed in an unstoppable drive from distance that left Ruffier rooted to his line.

Ibrahimovic completed his hat-trick on 72 minutes after beating a static offside trap and slotting the ball past Ruffier at his near post.

Moments later the Sweden star left the field to rapturous applause, his night's work complete.

Earlier, Bordeaux, trailing 1-0 to a first-half strike from Ivorian forward Junior Tallo, were let off the hook when Floyd Ayite's net-bound strike with quarter of an hour remaining was deflected onto the bar by the hand of home defender Nicolas Pallois.

No penalty was given and instead Bordeaux drew level in the 79th minute thanks to Diego Rolan's third goal of the season.

The result left Bordeaux two points clear of PSG and Lille.

"From the bench, everything happens so fast that you can't see," said Sagnol of the penalty incident. "But it would be a shame to reduce the match to just that.

"It wouldn't be right to say that a team was lucky because of one incident when that team was the only one trying to play football," added Sagnol, who was hoping to become the first coach to win his first four Ligue 1 games for 36 years.

Made a mistake

Bastia, who were wearing white Bordeaux training tops after bringing the wrong kit to the Stade Chaban-Delmas, opened the scoring on 18 minutes when Tallo fired home from eight yards after Ayite's miscued header fell into his path.

Bastia coach Claude Makelele could only look on as Mariano's ball into the box was chested down and then fired home on the turn by Uruguayan forward Rolan.

"As I said to the referee, these things happen so fast," said Makelele of the penalty controversy. "He made a mistake and has admitted it. I'm satisfied with that."

Meanwhile, Lyon's poor start to the season continued as they threw away a lead to lose 2-1 at promoted Metz.

France striker Alexandre Lacazette tapped in to give Lyon the lead midway through the second half at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, only for Yeni Ngbakoto to equalise with a penalty in the 82nd minute after Jordan Ferri was adjudged to have fouled Bouna Sarr.

Metz then clinched their first win since returning to Ligue 1 with three minutes remaining when Venezuelan striker Juan Falcon swooped to head home from Kevin Lejeune's cross.

The late turnaround sealed a dreadful week for Lyon, who were knocked out of the Europa League play-offs by Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in midweek and have now lost three Ligue 1 games on the bounce.

On Saturday, Monaco came from behind to draw 1-1 with Lille as Dimitar Berbatov cancelled out Nolan Roux's opener, but the Principality club's day was overshadowed by the late withdrawal from their squad of Radamel Falcao amid mounting speculation that the Colombian is on his way out of the club.

There were also wins for Rennes, Lorient, Nantes, Toulouse and Lens to go along with a 4-0 victory for Marseille on Friday against south coast rivals Nice.

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FOOTBALL

‘Not football’s job’ to combat homophobia: French football chief

The head of French football has pulled away from a hardline stance against homophobic chanting and banners in stadiums on Friday, saying that "too many matches" have been stopped due to anti-gay abuse.

'Not football's job' to combat homophobia: French football chief
Photo: FRANCK FIFE / AFP

Noel Le Graet, president of the French Football Federation (FFF), said that the FFF would not instruct referees to stop matches except in cases when a “whole stadium” was guilty of homophobic chanting.

“I think we're stopping too many matches! That makes certain government ministers happy, but it bothers me. Football can't be taken hostage by vulgarity,” said Le Graet in an interview with newspaper Ouest-France.

Several matches have been temporarily halted in France this season after the French football League (LFP) introduced over the summer plans to tackle fan homophobia during matches, including allowing referees to stop games.

“Matches have been stopped when they shouldn't have been,” Le Graet continued.

“We will stop them if there is consistent homophobic abuse from the whole ground, but if among 30,000 people there are 2,000 imbeciles I don't see why the other 28,000 should be punished.”

Le Graet referred to France's sports minister Roxana Maracineanu, who in April launched the appeal for matches to be stopped in the event of homophobic abuse, and equalities minister Marlene Schiappa.

Schiappa publicly praised referee Clement Turpin after he stopped Marseille's 2-1 win at Nice for over 10 minutes last month following sustained abusive chanting and banners from home fans, but Le Graet insisted that it wasn't football's job to combat homophobia.

Paris Saint-Germain's match at Metz two days later was also briefly halted for a banner unfurled by the hosts' supporters asking the French league (LFP) to allow them to aim homophobic chants at PSG.

“Did football invent homophobia? You can be a know-it-all when you have got much to say. But there are more important political issues,” he said.

“This crisis will resolve itself. We will work with club presidents, people who don't stick their oar in every morning, who don't want to just look good in front of the television cameras.”

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