Ligue 1 round-up

Lorient were 1-0 winners at PSG in the opening round of games last year and they were gifted the perfect start this time around as Maxwell put through his own goal in the second minute from a Kevin Monnet-Paquet cross.

The Brittany club scored a second in first-half injury time as Jeremie Aliadiere eluded a series of PSG tackles before slotting past Nicolas Douchez.

Sweden striker Ibrahimovic pulled one back with a close-range finish in the 63rd minute and tucked away a penalty with two minutes left after Gregory Bourillon was red carded after tripping Blaise Matuidi.

It was a shaky start for Carlo Ancelotti’s men after a summer of major transfer activity which saw Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva drafted in from AC Milan and Ezequiel Lavezzi brought in from Napoli.

Lyon opened their Ligue 1 campaign with a win after battling past a Rennes side who played more than half of the game with 10 men.

Yoann Gourcuff grabbed the winner for the visitors after 15 minutes and Rennes put themselves at a distinct disadvantage when Jires Kembo-Ekoko was sent off in the 30th minute.

Ludovik Obraniak, Yoan Gouffran and Henri Saivet found the target for Bordeaux in their 3-2 victory over Evian, who had Daniel Wass and Saber Khelifa on the scoresheet for them.

There was another five-goal thriller as Toifilou Maoulida struck twice and Anthony Modeste also scored in Bastia’s 3-2 win away to Sochaux. Sloan Privat and Thierry Doubai netted for the hosts.

A last-minute goal from Benoit Pedretti sealed a 2-1 victory for Lille against St Etienne after Aurelien Chedjou’s opener had been cancelled out by Romain Hamouma, while Yohan Mollo scored the decisive goal as Nancy beat Brest 1-0.

Eduardo netted the winner for ten-man Ajaccio against Nice, while a Rincon own goal saw Troyes open their campaign with a 1-0 defeat at home to Valenciennes.

Porto remain firm over Hulk

A host of clubs have been linked with the Porto captain, with Chelsea, Real Madrid, Paris St Germain and most recently Zenit St Petersburg all said to be interested.

But da Costa remains defiant and is calm about Hulk’s future at the club, insisting he will only sanction his exit if a club is willing to pay his release clause, which stands at a massive €100million.

“I didn’t meet Hulk’s agent. Hulk is a player with a buyout fee and if any club want him, they just need to pay that, they don’t need to come here,” said da Costa.

“Hulk will only leave if it interests both Porto and the player. But so far nothing happened to make me think we’ll reach that point.

“Therefore, I expect that for this season Hulk will remain a Porto player.”

Question mark

Hulk’s agent Teodoro Fonseca told Radio Renascenca that you can never rule out a move.

“Hulk has a contract, he likes FC Porto, but at the moment everything has a question mark,” he said.

“We sometimes want a player to stay, but the conditions aren’t the best. Sometimes clubs have to give up a right, a player, or a person to keep their structure. People come and go, but the clubs stay.

“Everything is possible in the world of football.”

Moura sold on PSG project

The 19-year-old Sao Paulo star looked set to join the Red Devils earlier this week only for PSG to intervene at a late stage in the talks.

The Brazilian’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro, has explained that the role of PSG sporting director Leonardo was significant in persuading Moura to move to the free-spending Ligue 1 side.

“Everything was agreed between Sao Paulo and Manchester United,” Ribeiro told UOL.

“The contract had been written (and) just needed to be signed. But then Leonardo called me and asked to talk to Lucas.

More pleasant

“They talked. Leonardo was helped by the fact he is Brazilian. He was very gentle with Lucas.

“The possibility of living in Paris – a much more pleasant city than Manchester – also influenced his decision. But it was PSG’s project that impressed Lucas.”

It represents a remarkable turnaround as United boss Sir Alex Ferguson appeared to have got his man, and Ribeiro has detailed his own hectic role in the negotiations.

“I’m just a worker,” he added. “I’ve not been able to sleep for five days here in Europe. I can’t rest and I miss my son.

“I boarded a plane at 5am in Manchester and arrived in Paris this morning to finalise everything with Leonardo.

“But what gives me the taste of victory is that I know Lucas is happy.”

PSG agree Moura deal

Manchester United had wanted the midfielder, who is preparing for the Olympic football final, but he opted to join PSG on a four-year contract as part of a massive spending spree.

The French club have already signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva and the €45million (£35.5m) acquisition of Moura takes the spending on that trio to more than £120m.

PSG said in a statement: “Paris Saint-Germain and Sao Paulo FC have reached today an agreement for the definitive transfer of Lucas Rodriguez Moura Da Silva.

“The player and Paris Saint-Germain have also signed an agreement from January 2013 to July 2017.

“The player will join Paris Saint-Germain and his new teammates in January 2013 for the second half of the season 2012/2013.

“By signing a young talent of the quality of Lucas Rodriguez Moura Da Silva, Paris Saint-Germain is already preparing the future.”

Thiago Silva welcomes Lucas link

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to Europe this summer, with Manchester United initially thought to be at the forefront of the queue of clubs lining up a bid for him.

PSG have also been linked with Lucas, with the player himself revealing that he has talked to the club’s sporting director Leonardo and compatriot Thiago Silva and that he could make the move in January next year.

Thiago Silva is delighted with Lucas’ inclination to sign for the Parisian team and has enthused that he would like to have his fellow Brazil international play alongside him for the Ligue 1 club.

“We talked last week,” the 27-year-old said in L’Equipe. “Leonardo also asked me about my opinion about Lucas.

“I only said good things about him not because he is my friend, but because he has huge technical qualities.

“Obviously, I would like to have him alongside me at PSG. He would be very helpful – he is fast and is skilful in front of goal.”