Promoted Lens beats Bordeaux for third win in four games

PARIS — Promoted Lens continued its surprisingly strong start to the season by beating Bordeaux 2-1 at home on Saturday in the French league for a third win in four games.

Having already toppled defending champion Paris Saint-Germain at home, the northern France side sits provisionally in second place ahead of Saturday’s later game between Rennes and Monaco.

Ignatius Ganago has proved to be a good signing and the 21-year-old striker from Cameroon netted his third goal of the season to put Lens ahead in the 47th minute, after a poor back pass fell in his path.

Bordeaux lost Paul Baysse, who conceded a penalty and was sent off, before midfielder Gael Kakuta made it 2-0 from the spot in the 59th. Nigeria winger Samuel Kalu headed in a consolation deep into stoppage time as midtable Bordeaux lost its first game.

PSG has lost two of its opening three matches and faces a difficult match away at Nice on Sunday.

Champions League runner-up PSG will be without Neymar and three other suspended players, but is set to welcome back Kylian Mbappe after recovering from the coronavirus.

Nice is without striker Kasper Dolberg and two other first-choice players who tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

Also Sunday, Saint-Etienne aims for a fourth straight win when it travels to face Nantes and Marseille looks to bounce back from a home loss to Saint-Etienne when it hosts Lille.

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