PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain have begun the new season the same way they closed last term, by winning a trophy.
The French champions benefited from a last-minute goal by Alex to defeat cup-winners Bordeaux in the Supercup played in Libreville, Gabon.
Teenager Hervin Ongenda equalised eight minutes from time in his first competitive game for PSG as a substitute to cancel out Henri Saivet’s 38th-minute opener in the Trophee des champions.
PSG’s new coach Laurent Blanc, who has promised to win all the domestic trophies this season, said: “It was a very difficult game and it shows that all the teams who will face PSG will be extremely motivated. We’re not fully ready because some players have joined the squad late.”
PSG, who open their league title defence at Montpellier on Friday, missed new Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani and 19-year-old Brazilian defender Marquinhos who are still, in effect, in pre-season training mode.
In Germany Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund scored goals in the last 19 minutes to defeat fourth division Wilhelmshaven 3-0 and in the first round of the cup.
Wilhelmshaven keeper Aaron Siegl defied Marco Reus, Robert Lewandowski, Nuri Sahin and new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Kevin Grosskreutz broke the deadlock in the 71st minute.
Substitute Marvin Ducksch added another seven minutes from time and Lewandowski, who vented his anger at Borussia bosses for blocking his transfer to treble winners Bayern Munich in a midweek interview, struck in the final minute.
In Holland PSV Eindhoven raced into a three-goal lead in 33 minutes and then held on to beat ADO Den Haag 3-2 to launch their Dutch championship campaign .
PSV, runners-up to Ajax last term, fielded their youngest ever team after the squad was transformed in the close season by new coach Philip Cocu who replaced Dick Advocaat.
Captain Georginio Wijnaldum, a Danny Holla own goal and further stike from fullback Jetro Willems put PSV in control. ADO captain Holla pulled one back just before half-time. Mike Van Duinen scored a further consolation in stoppage time.