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Ligue 1 starts for 2020-2021 season as Bordeaux and Nantes play out goalless draw

Bordeaux and Nantes played a goalless draw as Ligue 1 came back in an uninspiring way. Every team had just one shot on goal and in the six remaining opening round fixtures, better would be required. The games between the Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain and Metz and the Lyon and Montpellier semi-finalists were postponed until September, although positive coronavirus tests forced Marseille’s clash with Saint-Etienne to be pushed back.

Back in April due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2019-20 season was cancelled and settled on a point-per-game basis.

And 166 days after the campaign’s final game was played by Lille and Lyon on March 8, Bordeaux hosted Nantes at the Matmut Atlantic to open the season 2020-21.

They offered nothing to get excited about the small socially distanced crowd at the stadium, with the dismissal of Bordeaux midfielder Mehdi Zerkane following a VAR analysis of his foul on Nicolas Pallois the only flashpoint of a low-quality game.

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