Rennes went top of Le Championnat this weekend, but there were stars in each game. Goal.com round up the top men.
|David Ospina (Stade Rennais)||The young Colombian goalkeeper was in magnificent form for Rennes on Sunday afternoon when the Bretons met PSG, and indeed it was shot-stopper who almost single-handedly won his side a point. Les Parisiens had a number of terrific efforts on goal, but Ospina was at the peak of his game to keep a clean sheet, frustrating Guillaume Hoarau in particular.|
Cedric Hengbart (Auxerre)
|Rarely will a right-back have the offensive influence that Hengbart enjoyed in Auxerre’s 4-0 rout over Arles-Avignon. Got forward to superb effect, throwing a host of dangerous crosses into the box and earning three assists.|
|Michael Ciani (Girondins de Bordeaux)||A colossal performance from the France international center-back as he scored the only goal in Bordeaux’s 1-0 victory over Lorient. Not only was Ciani a crucial offensive player, he also had a huge role to play at the back, where his physicality and pace allowed him to dominate.|
|Moustapha Bayal Sall (Saint-Etienne)||The Senegalese wasn’t a first choice member of the Sainte rearguard in the opening weeks of the season but stepped in to replace the injured Sylvain Marchal against Marseille. Got sucked out of position at times but was always able to recover, throwing his weight about well.|
|Romain Danze (Stade Rennais)||Capable of playing in many positions, Danze was deployed at right-back by the Bretons on Saturday but goes into this side on the left. Produced a very tidy defensive effort and pushed forward effectively at times too, scoring the opening goal in the 3-1 victory over Toulouse with a fine shot from range.|
|Benoit Pedretti (Auxerre)||Pedretti hasn’t shown his best form in Europe yet, but in Ligue 1 he has been Auxerre’s undoubted leader this season. Continued that form in Saturday’s routine win over Arles, showing great vision at regular moments, keeping his side flowing forward throughout the match.|
|David Ducourtioux (Valenciennes)||Depleted badly by injuries, Valenciennes shifted club captain Ducourtioux into the center of the midfield. Though not a natural in that position, the right-sided player had a great influence on proceedings, having a hand in both of VA’s goals in their 2-1 success over Caen.
|Jimmy Briand (Olympique Lyonnais)||Lyon’s defense may have been a mess, but they were dug out impressively by the form of Briand, who was one of only a couple of players to measure up to standard. Scored twice, including the winning goal, as les Gones rode their luck to beat Nancy 3-2.|
|Sylvain Marveaux (Stade Rennais)||Rennes’ star man as they went top of the league with a 3-1 victory over Toulouse. Played a major role in Romain Danze’s opening goal but distributed the ball superbly all evening, ultimately grabbing the third with eight minutes left on the clock.|
|Dimitri Payet (Saint-Etienne)||Not the match winning performance from Payet that was seen against Lyon a week ago, but the winger was very impressive once again as les Verts picked up a 1-1 draw against Marseille. Ever lively, switching from flank to flank, the 23-year-old provided quality service into the box and posed all kinds of problems to les Phoceens’ defense throughout.|
|Moussa Sow (Lille)||A terrific performance from Sow as Lille got back to winning ways with a 3-1 success over Montpellier. Constantly moving, la Paillade’s defense were given headaches all evening long by the 24-year-old Senegalese, who scored twice and also contrived to hit the bar too.|
Hengbart - Ciani - Bayal Sall - Danze
Ducourtioux - Pedretti
Briand - Marveaux - Payet
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