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Monaco Leaves it Late in Ligue 1 Opener

Newly promoted and expensively assembled AS Monaco got off to a wining start in Ligue 1 over the weekend, thanks to late goals from substitute Emmanuel Riviere and marquee signing Radamel Falcao in a 2-0 win over Bordeaux. Both goals came in the final 10 minutes of a game that looked to be heading towards a draw.

"The two goals were important but I think it's too early to talk about anything else,'' Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri said. "I was very curious to see my team against Bordeaux, which is a good team, with players who are reliable, strong and important, and who play a good, counterattacking football.”

The Italian added: "It is a good start for Monaco, because it is the first match in Ligue 1 against a strong team. The first half was very good, the second was 50-50 but at the end Riviere made the difference. I want to wait until the other matches against other teams to see how we manage to play.''

Despite its win and title rival Paris St. Germain’s opening day draw against Montpellier, Monaco is now only level on points with last season’s Ligue 1 champion, due to the two-point deduction the club received for trouble during its final home game last season.

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