Champions League nominee Monaco took a 1-1 lead over Nantes in the opening game of the French League 1 season on Friday.
Gilson Martins gave the principality side a perfect start in the 14th minute at Stade Louis II when he converted to a cross by Henrique.
Nico Kovac’s side, who finished third last season, wanted a 2-0 victory over Sparta Prague in the first leg of their third Champions League qualifying round tie at midweek.
However, he was withdrawn shortly before half-time as defender Jean-Charles Castillo led the parity for the Nineteens side, who only avoided relegation in the two-legged playoffs at the end of last season.
After most of the last campaign in France was played behind closed doors, fans returned to the game but to all spectators over the age of 16 to prove that they had completely tested negative for the vaccine or the virus. Have done, need to show a valid Cowed Health Pass.
A crowd of 7,000 at Stade Louis II, including Prince Albert of Monaco, saw all three new signatures in Monaco’s initial lineup.
Bayern Munich borrower Alexander Neubel was selected in the round, along with Brazilian midfielder Jane Lucas and Dutch U-21 international striker Maron Bodo, who was signed on Wednesday for 17 million euros (.1 20.1 million). Contracted with AZ Alkmaar.
Monaco will play the second leg of their Champions League tie against Sparta on Tuesday. If they progress, they will face a two-legged playoff against Jank or Shakhtar Donetsk for a place in the group stage.
Last season’s Ligue 1 runner-up Paris Saint-Germain began their campaign on Saturday with a newly developed Troy.
Champions Lilly is in action for the Metz on Sunday.