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The second round of Ligue 1 matches witnessed several shock results, with newly promoted Bastia joining three of the previous five champions on six points at the top of the table


Ligue 1

Round 2 Results


League Table
LILLE
1 1 NANCY
Lille began life at the Grande Stade Lille Metropole with a 1-1 draw with Nancy, in an entertaining game on Friday evening.

The hosts carved out the better of the opening chances, with new signing Salomon Kalou spurning an easy one-on-one chance against Guy N'Dy Assembe.

But the first goal at the new arena would be scored by the visitors, with a curling Djamel Bakar strike breaking the deadlock.

Lille did get their goal, with a beautiful header from Kalou, who became the first Lille player to score at the Grande Stade. A cross from the right met the head of the Ivorian, who looped it over Assembe.

Nancy finished the game with 10-men when Benjamin Moukandjo was sent off for a second bookable offence and despite chances from Tulio and Payet, Rudi Garcia's men were denied their dream start.


BASTIA
2 1 STADE DE REIMS
New-boys SC Bastia made it two wins from two, coming from behind to defeat fellow promotion side Stade de Reims 2-1 at Stade Armand Cesari.

Nicolas Fauverge put the away side in front early on, turning in a Khalid Sekkat free-kick. After the half-hour mark, Toifilou Maoulida headed against the bar, in the best of the opportunities created by the hosts.

The second-half proved to be a controversial affair. Anthony Weber was fouled by Florian Thauvin, before being sent off by the referee. Anthony Modeste tucked away the penalty to restore parity.

Mickaël Tacalfred was later sent off for the visitors, before Ilan netted in the 95th minute to send Frederic Hantz's men into dreamland and leave Reims without a point.

 

STADE BREST
1 0 EVIAN
A solitary goal from Paul Baysse saw Stade Brest secure a narrow  1-0 victory over a determined Evian on Saturday evening.

The hosts commanded all of the best chances in a mediocre game, with Kamel Chafni and Charlison Benschop among those denied by in-form keeper Bertrand Laquait.

Evian failed to pose much of a threat in the attacking third and Landry Chauvin's side took advantage, with the game drawing to a close.

Baysse headed home in stoppage time to hand Brest their first home win of the season, leaving Pablo Correa's side without a victory.

 

FC LORIENT
2 1 MONTPELLIER
Champions Montpellier were denied by a late double from FC Lorient, who prevailed in an enthralling encounter at Stade du Moustoir.

Emanuel Herrera gave the visitors the lead after a wonderful move involving John Utaka and Remy Cabella.

Lorient were undone last week against PSG, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic pegging back Les Merlus twice, but this time they were able to reverse that conclusion.

A fine pass from Lamine Kone, into the path of record signing Alain Traore, saw the Burkinabe fire past Geoffrey Jourden.

The drama wasn't over yet, with former Arsenal and Middlesbrough striker Jeremie Aliadiere silencing the away support in the 94th minute to down the champions.

 

LYON
4 1 ESTAC TROYES
Olympique Lyonnais moved to the top of Ligue 1 with a thumping victory over hapless ESTAC Troyes, in a stifling Stade Gerland on Saturday afternoon.

It would be the promoted side who broke the deadlock with on-loan PSG striker Jean-Christophe Bahebeck converting from Fabrice N'Sakala's low cross.

Lyon were awarded a penalty soon after, but Lisandro Lopez failed to convert from 12 yards out. Two minutes later, the setback was erased as substitute Clement Grenier's cross was headed in by Bafetimbi Gomis.

Michel Bastos put Lyon ahead with a sumptous overhead kick, before Troyes were reduced to 10-men after Julien Faussurier's red card.

Lisandro's 88th minute volley coupled with Gomis' injury-time second, made for a convincing victory from Les Gones.

 

VALENCIENNES
0 0 NICE
Valenciennes and Nice played out an uninspiring 0-0 draw at Stade du Hainaut

Neither side were proficient in attack, with goalkeepers Joris Delle and Nicolas Penneteau enjoying a number of easy saves, though both had to be alert until the very end, with a number of late chances at either end.

David Ducourtioux and Mamadou Samassa had the best of the chances over the entire 90-minute period, though a scoreless draw was probably the deserved result for both sides.
TOULOUSE
2 1 SAINT-ETIENNE
Toulouse secured a narrow 2-1 victory over Saint-Etienne in a competitive encounter at Stadium Municipal on Saturday evening.

Les Verts were desperate for the three points after a disappointing opener last weekend, but it would be Le Tefece - traditionally strong in the opening weeks - who would score the opener.

Etienne Capoue, linked with Arsenal and Tottenham of late, fired in from a set-piece situation, before Wissam Ben Yedder scored his second of the season, beating three defenders and curling in from distance.

Kurt Zouma - who was being watched by both Chelsea and Man Utd scouts in the stadium - gave away a penalty, which was missed by Capoue.

Nevertheless, Max Gradel converted a penalty of his own late on in injury time, which proved to be only a consolation as TFC held on.

 

BORDEAUX
1 0 RENNES
Bordeaux made it eight consecutive wins in Ligue 1, with a narrow 1-0 victory over rivals Stade Rennes at Stade Cheban-Delmas.

Ludovic Obraniak netted the only goal of the game with a quarter of an hour remaining, turning the ball in from a poorly defended corner.

The hosts had plenty of chances in the first-half too, with Fahid Ben Khalfallah hitting the side-netting and Henri Saivet missing from the penaty spot after John Boye had brought down Yann Gouffran.

Rennes spurned many of their chances too, with Victor Montano and Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik guilty of profligate finishing, leaving Frederic Antoinetti's men with no points from their first two games.

 

AC AJACCIO
0 0 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
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OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE
2 0 SOCHAUX


Olympique de Marseille continued their successful start to the season under new manager Elie Baup, with a convincing 2-0 victory over Sochaux at Stade Velodrome.

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored for the third time in four games this season. Chelsea-bound Cesar Azpilicueta proved lively throughout, setting up Gignac who chipped narrowly over the bar.

Sochaux weren't much of a threat to the 2010 champions, as Gignac punished Les Lionceaux for a sluggish start to the second period, heading in from Benoit Cheyrou's cross.

Despite many chances afforded to the hosts, it wasn't until the death that Marseille doubled their lead. Morgan Amalfitano's cross lead to a scramble, with Rod Fanni getting the decisive touch as Marseille move second in the table.

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