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PARIS (AP) -U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra made his debut for Saint-Etienne in Saturday's 3-1 loss at Paris Saint-Germain in the opener of the French Ligue 1 season.

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Acquired from Rennes last month, Bocanegra started at left back and played the entire game. Mevlut Erding, Stephane Sessegnon and Nene scored for PSG, while Dimitri Payet tied it at 1 for Saint-Etienne.

PSG fans from the kop of Boulogne threw flares outside the Parc des Princes before the game to protest a decision that prevents them regrouping in their Boulogne stand. Police forces quickly arrived at the scene and dispersed the supporters.

Marseille made a disappointing start in the defense of its French league title with a 2-1 home loss to newly promoted Caen, which got a go-ahead goal from Youssef El Arabi on a header in the 87th minute.

American forward Charlie Davies, who returned in preseason matches following injuries sustained in an October car crash, didn't dress for Sochaux as it defeated visiting Arles-Avignon 2-1.

Lyon forward Bafetimbi Gomis collapsed early in the game but quickly regained consciousness and was able to keep playing in a 0-0 draw against visiting Monaco. Gomis already had a blackout while training with the France team two years ago.

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AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) - World Cup stars Thomas Mueller and Miroslav Klose scored in the second half to lead Bayern Munich past Schalke 2-0 in the German Super Cup.

Mueller, top scorer at the World Cup and its best young player, scored in the 75th minute with a shot into an empty net off a short pass from Klose. Klose took a through ball that beat an offside trap, then rounded goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Klose, who had four goals at the World Cup, had an easy tap-in from close range in the 82nd off a pass from Ivica Olic.

Bayern's World Cup stars started training only on Monday after a vacation following the World Cup.

Schalke's new striker Raul Gonzalez, signed from Real Madrid, missed narrowly with a header early. Klose also struck a post in the second half.

The Super Cup was revived after a 14-year break and pits the Bundesliga champion against the German Cup winner. Bayern won both titles last season and championship runner-up Schalke was picked as the challenger.

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LONDON (AP) - American forward Eddie Johnson scored in the 86th minute, Fulham's final goal in a 5-1 exhibition win over Germany's Werder Bremen.

U.S. national team star Clint Dempsey started at forward for the Cottagers, and Johnson entered as a sub.

Johnson scored from 10 yards off a pass from Zoltan Gera. Bobby Zamora scored in the 53rd minute, and Gera added goals in the 65th, 71st and 76th for Fulham, preparing for its Premier League opener at Bolton on Aug. 14.

The League Championship season opened as Portsmouth lost 2-0 to Coventry.

Forced into financial administration as it was relegated from the Premier League last season, Portsmouth didn't even have a full complement of substitutes after shedding players with big salaries.

Portsmouth's former goalkeeper David James, who played in three England matches at the World Cup, conceded three goals on his Bristol City debut in a 3-0 loss to Millwall.

The teams relegated with Portsmouth fared better, with Burnley beating Nottingham Forest 1-0 and Hull defeating Swansea 2-0.

England coach Fabio Capello selected three players with no international experience for Wednesday's exhibition against Hungary at Wembley: Zamora and youngsters Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs

England's first match since exiting the World Cup in the second round with a 4-1 loss to Germany is the only chance Capello has to experiment with his lineup before qualifying begins next month for the 2012 European Championship.

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