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Big-spending PSG winless after 3 games

Monday, August 27, 2012    

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PARIS, France (AP) — Defending champion Montpellier and big-spending Paris Saint-Germain are still winless in the French league this season after again disappointing yesterday.

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored in the 77th minute to give Marseille a 1-0 win at Montpellier and maintain their perfect start to the campaign. Marseille are the only club to have won all three of their opening games.

Meanwhile, PSG were held to a scoreless draw by Bordeaux.

Montpellier produced little of note and have just one point following their first home defeat since September.

Elsewhere, Saint-Etienne picked up their first points of the season by beating Brest 4-0. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice, either side of goals from Romain Hamouma and Josuha Guilavogui.

Montpellier were lucky not to be behind as early as the 13th minute, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa bundled over Gignac just inside the area, but the referee waved away Marseille's claims for a penalty.

Marseille dominated much of the first half and kept up the pressure on Montpellier's defence, but it was the home side that looked the more threatening on the counterattack.

Younes Belhanda hit the post but a Montpellier teammate was offside. That drew an immediate response from Marseille, with Gignac heading Mathieu Valbuena's header just over the crossbar from close range.

Souleymane Camara came close to giving Montpellier the lead but he headed a corner just wide in the 52nd minute.

Valbuena almost put Marseille in front in stunning fashion when a poor clearance from Montpellier goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren fell straight to him, but his attempted 45-yard lob flew narrowly wide.

Gignac won the match with a low, right-footed shot for his second goal in as many games.

Marseille could have doubled their lead in stoppage time, but Loic Remy's low shot scraped the outside of the right post.

PSG spent millions on players in the offseason but have now only three draws from three games. They have scored just two goals despite a costly and much vaunted strike partnership of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Ibrahimovic had two good second-half efforts but both flew just wide.

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