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Elie Baup's men extended their recent run of good form to go clear at the top, with Lyon second on 10 points after a nervy 3-2 victory, while Lille suffered defeat to PSG


Ligue 1

Round 4 Results


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LYON
3 2 VALENCIENNES
Olympique Lyonnais sealed a nervy 3-2 victory over a spirited Valenciennes side in a five goal thriller at Stade Gerland.

With the home side still reeling from Hugo Lloris' departure to Tottenham in midweek, his replacement Remy Vercoutre failed to stop Gil's powerful header from flying into the net early on.

Michel Bastos scored for the third time in four games to restore parity as he toasted his prolonged stay in France after moves to Al-Ain and Fulham broke down, before Bafetimbi Gomis turned the tie in Lyon's favour from the penalty spot.

Clement Grenier made it 3-1 in the second half, before substitute Gregory Pujol made for a nervy ending though Remi Garde's men would see the game out to go top on Saturday night.


AC AJACCIO
2 0 EVIAN
AC Ajaccio extended their superb home record to 12 games unbeaten, as they comfortably recorded a 2-0 victory over a disappointing Evian side.

Ajaccio's last home game had been a convincing 0-0 draw with PSG, but they were better in the final third this time out as Carl Medjani headed in the opener after 20 minutes.

Johan Cavalli capped off a brilliant first half by etching his name on the scoresheet too just before half-time, leaving Bertrand Laquait with no chance after a well-taken finish.

Pablo Correa's men had no answer in the second half, despite Yannick Sagbo seeing an effort clip the post as Ajaccio made it two wins out of four.

 

FC LORIENT
3 0 AS NANCY
FC Lorient continued their fine start to the season, as they swept away Nancy 3-0 at Stade du Moustoir.

Ludovic Giuly broke the deadlock after 20 minutes, curling a finish past Guy N'Dy Assembe for his first Ligue 1 goal since leaving PSG in 2011.

Salif Sane brought down Yann Jouffre, with the referee awarding a penalty, though record signing Alain Traore saw his effort well saved by the goalkeeper.

The euphoria lasted just five minutes as Lamine Kone headed past Assembe to double his side's advantage, before Traore atoned for his spot-kick miss late on to seal an emphatic victory for Christian Gourcuff's side.

 

SC BASTIA
0 3 SAINT ETIENNE
Saint-Etienne produced an impressive display to record a comfortable 3-0 win over a disappointing Bastia side at Stade Armand-Cesari.

Following on from their 4-0 success at Brest last weekend, it took just 11 minutes for Les Verts to open the scoring through Renaud Cohade.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang shrugged off rumours of a move, to notch his third of the campaign 15 minutes later, before Joshua Guilavogui fired past Novaes late on to seal a resounding success for Christophe Galtier's men.

 

SOCHAUX
1 3 MONTPELLIER
Montpellier reignited their title defence with a resurgent 3-1 victory over a desperately poor Sochaux side, who remain without a point at the bottom of the table.

The hosts created the better opportunities in an even opening 15 minutes, but that was to change after Yaya Banana brought down Younes Belhanda, who subsequently coolly dispatched his penalty after 16 minutes.

New signing Emanuel Herrera doubled the champions' advantage with a well taken finish after good work from Henri Bedimo, before the hosts reduced the deficit as Sloan Privat's header evaded Geoffrey Jourdren.

However, Remy Cabella restored the two goal lead with a powerful finish from Benjamin Stambouli's weighted pass as Rene Girard's men secured their first three points with Sochaux still without a win at the bottom.

 

STADE BREST
2 1 ESTAC TROYES
Stade Brest struck at the death to deny ESTAC Troyes a second successive draw, as the hosts prevailed late on to emerge 2-1 victors.

Landry Chauvin's side took the lead after good work by Benoit Lesoimier allowed Eden Ben Basat to beat the goalkeeper with a good strike after 11 minutes.

Troyes were not to be denied, and were in the ascendancy by the time of their equaliser as Mounir Obbadi struck his first Ligue 1 goal in the 66th minute.

Nevertheless, whilst it looked to remain a draw, up stepped former Montpellier striker Geoffrey Dernis to score deep in injury time to seal all three points.
TOULOUSE
1 1 STADE DE REIMS
Toulouse extended their unbeaten start to the season, but will remain frustrated after being held to a 1-1 draw by promoted Stade de Reims at Stadium Municipal.

The hosts had been boosted prior to the game after Etienne Capoue's rumoured move away from the Pink City failed to materialise on deadline day.

After a decent first half, the hosts fell behind after Aymen Abdennour put through his own net to gift the visitors the advantage.

Despite the openings, namely created by Capoue and substitute Wissam Ben Yedder, it was the latter who would prove to be the saviour as he struck a sumptous goal a minute from time to spare Alain Casanova's side's blushes.

 

BORDEAUX
1 1 OGC NICE
OGC Nice struck in the 94th minute to deny Bordeaux yet another victory, in a dramatic 11 draw at Stade Cheban Delmas.

Les Girondins were the better of the sides in the first half, with Benoit Tremoulinas and Yann Gouffran spurning the best of the opportunities created, though Lamine Sane saw red midway through the second period.

It took until the 84th minute for the deadlock to be broken as Gregory Sertic's free-kick fell to Henri Saivet who headed the ball past an on rushing Joris Delle to seemingly steal the win.

It wasn't to be, though, as Mahamane Traore equalised with seconds to play to hand Claude Puel's men a deserved point as Bordeaux failed to keep up with Lyon and Marseille at the top.




 

OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE
3 1 STADE RENNES


Marseille made it four wins out of four as they claimed a convincing 3-1 victory over Rennes at Stade Velodrome.

The hosts were in the ascendancy from the off, and were rewarded with the opener on 35 minutes with Mathieu Valbuena picking out Jeremy Morel at the far post, who fired home his first goal for the club.

Julian Feret equalised in the second half, with a well taken finish to beat Steve Mandanda, but Marseille's strength showed as Rennes simply capitulated before the end.

Andre-Pierre Gignac, long lambasted for his lack of work ethic, scored the goal of the round with a wonderful half volley from distance, before Romain Danze's own goal sealed the win.

The victory sealed Marseille's best start to the season in 80 years, as they stay clear at the top of Ligue 1.

 

LILLE
1 2 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
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