Bordeaux 0-0 Nantes: First Ligue 1 game for 167 days ends goalless

The French Ligue 1 season got under way – 167 days after the 2019-20 campaign was curtailed – as Nantes were held by 10-man Bordeaux.

The game was brought forward after the original season-opener between Marseille and Saint-Etienne was postponed following four positive coronavirus tests at Marseille.

The 2019-20 campaign was ended in April because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Champions League finalists Paris St-Germain were awarded the title.

The French league has informed teams that more than three positive cases at a club would likely lead to a postponement.

Friday’s fixture at Bordeaux – who were among the sides to play on Ligue 1’s final contested round of fixtures on Sunday, 8 March – was played in an empty stadium.

The hosts had Mehdi Zerkane sent-off after 20 minutes but held out for a goalless draw in an otherwise uneventful match.

There was only one shot from inside the box in the entire game, the lowest total in a Ligue 1 match since data was first recorded in 2006-07.

PSG, who face Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Sunday, are set to begin their campaign in the second round of fixtures on 29 August.

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Nantes

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Match ends, Bordeaux 0, Nantes 0.

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Second Half ends, Bordeaux 0, Nantes 0.

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Foul by Marcus Coco (Nantes).

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Toma Basic (Bordeaux) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Pedro Chirivella (Nantes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Toma Basic (Bordeaux).

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Offside, Nantes. Marcus Coco tries a through ball, but Bridge Ndilu is caught offside.

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Bridge Ndilu (Nantes) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Foul by Bridge Ndilu (Nantes).

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Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Substitution, Nantes. Ludovic Blas replaces Abdoul Kader Bamba.

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Pedro Chirivella (Nantes) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Foul by Pedro Chirivella (Nantes).

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Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Corner, Nantes. Conceded by Youssouf Sabaly.

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Attempt blocked. Andrei Girotto (Nantes) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabio.

Booking

Otávio (Bordeaux) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Imran Louza (Nantes) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Foul by Otávio (Bordeaux).

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Andrei Girotto (Nantes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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