The month of September was marked by Lyon taking control in the Ligue 1.
[IMG43601#L]On the 6th of September, at the Ernst-Happel stadium, the French national side suffered one of the most spectacular defeats of their history (3-1) at the hands of an Austria who were classed 101st in the FIFA rankings. More than the defeat, due in general to their incapacity to solve their problems from set pieces, it is the downward spiral which France seem to be in which has put their coach, Raymond Domenech, on an ejector seat. Four days later, the victory against Serbia (2 – 1) gives them short respite. One idea does come out of a stressful evening at the Stade de France: that of starting with Yoann Gourcuff as playmaker.
On the same day, the 13th Paralympic Games open in Beijing. Over 11 days, 4200 handicapped athletes from 148 countries take part. At home, China lead the medals table by a long way with 211 medals won. The native of Lyon, Christophe Durant, does particularly well, winning two medals in the table tennis competition (gold in the individual and bronze in the team competition).