Montpellier 4-0 Rennes
Montpellier made it three wins from three Ligue 1 matches this season, maintaining its position at the top of the standings with a 2-0 victory over Rennes.
Younes Belhanda gave the home side the advantage from the penalty spot after Benoit Costil had been adjudged to have fouled Garry Bocaly, but there would be no addition to the score prior to the interval.
Only five minutes after the break, Geoffrey Dernis had doubled the lead, shooting into the corner of the Bretons’ net with a floated effort.
Substitute Souleymane Camara made the points safe for the home team midway through the second half, winning possession deep in the Rennes half before bursting by the static rearguard to score.
Camara rounded the game off in stunning fashion as he grabbed a fourth and sealed a great win for Montpellier.
Nancy 1-2 Sochaux
After a tough midweek Europa League draw against Metalist, Sochaux returned to Ligue 1 with an equally hard-fought success over struggling Nancy.
Though the host side had periods of pressure in the first period, it was Mecha Bazdarevic’s unit which had the better opportunities, the best of which Sloan Privat put over the top five minutes prior to the break.
Mathieu Peybernes was the unlikely opening scorer soon after the break. From a corner kick, Damien Gregorini failed to field the ball properly, and the defender took full advantage.
This strike was complimented 10 minutes later by another effort from Privat. The striker, who spent last season on loan with Ligue 2 outfit Clermont, headed home from a Marvin Martin free kick.
If Sochaux felt it could now cruise in the closing half hour, the club was proven wrong as Carlao was dismissed three minutes later for chopping down Paul Afo’o Efoulou in the box. From the spot Youssouf Hadji scored, setting up a tense closing period.
Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Valenciennes
PSG made heavy weather of the challenge presented by Valenciennes, but the club ultimately secured its first Ligue 1 victory of the season, defeating its rival 2-1 as Javier Pastore made his debut off the bench.
Opportunities were infrequent in the first half, but Kevin Gameiro took full advantage of a fine through ball from Jeremy Menez to open the scoring.
Valenciennes had previously created the better openings, so the host side could have few complaints when Remi Gomis headed the visiting side level in first half stoppage time.
Ultimately the match would be decided by a controversial penalty award, with David Ducourtioux harshly penalized for handball as he attempted to block a cross. Nene shot low into the net to restore PSG’s lead, which it would maintain until the final whistle.