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By ESPN Staff
Aug 9, 2008

Ligue 1: Rennes open with eight-goal tie

Rennes claimed a late point at home to Marseille as they kicked off the new Ligue 1 season in dramatic fashion with a 4-4 draw.

Three of the goals game right at the death and Marseille will kick themselves for squandering two points when they led 3-1 at half-time and thought they had snatched the win in stoppage time.

Bakari Kone (12), Hatem Ben Arfa (15) and Mamadou Niang (28) all scored for Marseille after Olivier Thomert had given Rennes a sixth-minute lead.

But Thomert grabbed a second soon after the break and Steve Mandanda scored an own goal in the 89th minute.

Eliot Grandin's 90th-minute goal looked to have sealed it for Marseille but there was still time for Bruno Cheyrou to salvage a draw.

Bordeaux beat Caen 2-1 thanks to Fernando Cavenaghi's winner 10 minutes from time while newly-promoted Grenoble claimed a dramatic win over Sochaux with late goals from Nassim Akrour (87) and Daniel Moreira (88).

Frederic Nimani's second-half header earned Monaco an opening-day victory over Paris St Germain and Gael Danic's penalty was enough for Valenciennes to beat St Etienne.

Le Havre recorded a 1-0 win against Nice courtesy of Jean-Michel Lesage's 72nd-minute strike and Auxerre saw off newly-promoted Nantes with Julien Quercia grabbing the decisive goal.

Christophe Jallet scored from the spot in the 58th minute to give Lorient a 1-0 win over Le Mans.

Lille played out a goalless draw away at Nancy and were reduced to 10 men in the last minute when Adil Rami was sent off.

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