Nonda brace hands Monaco win
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Shabani Nonda was the scourge of Les Girondins, as he netted goals in either half as Monaco cruised to victory.
Nonda brought the Stade Louis II crowd to its feet on 31 minutes when Jerome Rothen teed the Congo man up and he applied the finish.
Monaco dominated play, but the outcome could have been different had Jean-Claude Darcheville not squandered an excellent opportunity shortly before the break.
The game was effectively ended as a contest just after the hour when Mauricio Pochettino pulled down Jaroslav Plasel on the edge of the box but much to the anger of the Bordeaux players referee Bertrand Leyec awarded a penalty.
Nonda stepped up confidently and slammed the ball into the corner to seal the first three points of the season for Monaco.
Last season`s surprise packages Nice continued their upward curve and joined Monaco on three points with a 2-1 win at Auxerre.
Auxerre have been tipped as title contenders, but suffered a home defeat thanks to goals from Lilian Laslandes and Romain Pitau - Jean-Sebastien Jaures netted a late consolation for the home side.
Ibrahima Bakayoko scored an injury-time winner to kick Marseille`s season off in fine style with a 1-0 victory at Guingamp.
Title contenders Paris Saint Germain had a quiet start, drawing 0-0 at home to Bastia.
Sochaux recovered from going a goal down early on to Nantes, Marama Vahirua the scorer, to snatch a 2-1 win. Pierre-Alain Frau levelled the scores and Jaouad Zairi sent the home crowd home happy with a last-minute winner.
Promoted Metz were brought down to earth with a bump, with Hoalid Regragui`s goal shortly before the interval handing Ajaccio a 1-0 win.
Fode Mansare`s late penalty rescued a point for Montpellier from their home clash with Rennes who took an early lead through Abdeslam Ouaddou.
Lens and Le Mans played out a 0-0 draw, while Strasbourg came from a goal behind to snatch a draw at Toulouse.
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