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Chaban-Delmas (ATT 32,158) 10th August 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: L Duhamel

Bordeaux Bordeaux vs Monaco Monaco

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E Riviere (83)
Falcao (87)

Falcao seals win for Monaco

Last Updated: 10/08/13 10:56pm

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Emmanuel Riviere celebrates Monaco's opener

Emmanuel Riviere celebrates Monaco's opener

Emmanuel Riviere threatened to upstage Monaco's expensive summer imports in a 2-0 victory at Bordeaux - but 60 million euro man Radamel Falcao had the last word.

A bumper crowd at the Stade Chaban Delmas came both to usher in the new Ligue 1 season and to check out the wealth of talent recruited by ambitious Monaco in the few months since their promotion in May.

Falcao was the star attraction while Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez - captured together from Porto for 70 million euros - were in action. Jeremy Toulalan and Ricardo Carvalho also stepped out in principality colours, but it was the understated Riviere who finally opened the scoring nine minutes from time.

In the dying stages Colombian hitman Falcao, who had been bought on the strength of his formidable scoring record at Atletico Madrid and Porto, would deliver his first goal for Claudio Ranieri's men to rubber-stamp the victory.

The first half was evenly balanced and Bordeaux enjoyed two fine chances in the opening five minutes, Ludovic Obraniak smashing the ball against Danijel Subasic from 25 yards before Henri Saivet volleyed hard against the crossbar.

Monaco soon bared their teeth and Yannick Carrasco saw a close-range shot parried onto a post by his near namesake Cedric Carrasso in the Girondins goal after being sent through by Lucas Ocampo.

Toulalan then sent Rodriguez through and, after dribbling through a forest of blue shirts, the former Porto man drew a firm save from Carrasso.

As half-time drew closer, Falcao tried his luck with a curling shot from Rodriguez's pass but Carrasso saved once again.

Saivet's first-half volley had drawn gasps but a much better opportunity arrived in the 53rd minute, only for the winger to slam the ball inches wide with his left boot.

Falcao soon freed Mounir Obbadi to control and fire with two quick touches and Monaco steadily began to turn the screw.

When Riviere's goal arrived in the 81st minute it looked like becoming a modest talking point from an end-to-end match.

The Martinique-born striker was an unlikely source when he cut a short pass from Layvin Kurzawa inside Carrasso's near post but there was time for at least one stellar recruit to start repaying some of his transfer fee.

Obbadi brought the ball up the right flank to pick out the Colombian, who fought several defenders to turn the ball home before wheeling away to celebrate wildly with his new team-mates.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Marseille 14 31
2 Paris St Germain 14 30
3 Lyon 14 27
4 Nantes 14 24
5 Bordeaux 14 24
6 St Etienne 14 23
7 Rennes 14 22
8 Monaco 14 20
9 Montpellier 14 20
10 Reims 14 19
11 Nice 14 18
12 Metz 14 18
13 Toulouse 14 17
14 Lille 13 16
15 Bastia 14 14
16 Caen 14 13
17 Lorient 14 13
18 Evian Thonon Gaillar 13 13
19 Guingamp 14 12
20 RC Lens 14 11