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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 August, 2003, 17:18 GMT 18:18 UK
Flurry of goals in France
Ibrahim Bakayoko
Bakayoko's goal helped Marseille to victory
The French league started at the weekend and there was a flurry of African goals.

The honour of scoring the season's first goal went to Cameroon-born Jean Makoun, who netted the only goal of the game as his side beat the defending champions Lyon 1-0.

Marseille picked up three points after a 1-0 win over Guingamp secured by Ibrahim Bakayoko.

The Ivorian had come on as a substitute in a match which saw three other Africans making their debut for Marseille, these being another Ivorian Didier Drogba, Egyptian Ahmed Mido Hossam and the Senegalese midfielder Sylvain Ndiaye.

DR Congo's Shabani Nonda, who was top scorer last season with 26 goals, is already off the mark for the new term.

He scored twice, including a penalty, as his side Monaco beat Bordeaux 2-0.

Moroccan international Jawad Zairi was also the hero in another game as he converted a penalty in the 90th minute to give Sochaux a 2-1 win over Nantes.

Nantes' Cameroonian defender Jean-Hugues Ateba was sent-off after a second bookable offence.

Still in France, two other Moroccans were on target - Rennes' new signing Abdelsalem Ouaddou had a memorable debut, putting his side ahead as they drew 1-1 with Montpellier.

Montpellier equalised two minutes from time thanks to a penalty taken by their Guinean striker Fode Mansare.

Mansare later dedicated his goal to Sochaux team mate, Cameroon's Vatery Mezague who is in a coma in hospital after a road accident last week.

And lastly in France, Walid Regragui scored in the first half to give Ajaccio a lone goal win away to Metz.

In Germany, two Africans were sent off on the opening weekend of the Bundesliga.

Zambian defender Moses Sichone saw red a minute before his side FC Cologne conceded an own goal and lost 1-0.

Cameroon's Bill Tchato also took an early first-half shower as his side Kaiserslautern lost 1-0 to 1860 Munich.

But another Cameroonian Mohamadou Idrissou scored the third goal for Hanover as they beat Hamburg 3-0.

Guinea international Pablo Thiam scored first for Wolfsburg who went on to beat Bochum 3-2.

In Sweden Congolese-born Rene Makondele was on target for Djurgarden as they beat Elfsborg 2-0.

And in Denmark, Ghana's Razak Pimpong scored in FC Midtjylland's win over Herfoelge.

Zambia's Mwape Miti was part of Odense's 4-2 win in the big game against FC Copenhagen.





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