Monaco win again, PSG held
A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1, including a victory for Monaco over Montpellier.
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Emmanuel Riviere scored a hat-trick as Monaco's successful start to life back in Ligue 1 continued with a 4-1 win over 10-man Montpellier.
Radamel Falcao opened the scoring from the penalty spot early in the first half before Ranieri's men were pegged back thanks to a Victor Hugo Montano effort.
Riviere put Monaco back in front just before the break, though, and the former Toulouse striker scored twice more in the second half - either side of a red card for Montpellier defender Daniel Congre for a foul on Yannick Ferreira Carrasco - to wrap up the points.
Edinson Cavani scored a superb late goal to deny Ajaccio a famous win at the Parc des Princes as Paris St Germain were held to a 1-1 home draw by the Corsicans.
Despite dominating from start to finish Laurent Blanc's champions were left frustrated not to get a win after Benoit Pedretti had given the visitors an early lead with a wonder goal.
A draw for PSG leaves them winless after two games and already four points off the leading pack while Ajaccio gained their first point of the season.
Lorient picked up their first points of the season after recovering from a goal down to defeat Nantes 2-1 at Stade Du Moustoir.
Newly-promoted Nantes defeated Bastia 2-0 in their opening match and were on course for another successful outing after taking a 17th-minute lead through Olivier Veigneau.
However, they were left empty-handed as Lorient drew level before the break thanks to Vincent Aboubakar and then snatched a 61st-minute winner through Jeremie Aliadiere's unstoppable free-kick.
Dimitri Payet continued his excellent start in a Marseille shirt with his third goal in his opening two Ligue 1 games to help his new side ease past Evian 2-0 on Saturday.
Payet, a summer signing from Lille, became only the fifth player to score a brace on his debut as Marseille beat Guingamp 3-1 last week and he was on the scoresheet again, slotting home a low left-foot shot just after the hour mark.
Andre-Pierre Gignac, who also opened his account for the new season last week, broke the deadlock in the 15th minute as Marseille made Evian pay for missing a host of chances.
St Etienne are one of three sides with a 100 per cent record after a 1-0 victory over Guingamp.
Les Verts sit behind Lyon and Marseille on goal difference, with Fabien Lemoine's second-half goal enough for a narrow win over the newly-promoted side, who got off to a terrible start last weekend when they conceded three goals against Marseille inside 16 minutes.
Reims claimed their first win this season as they beat Lille 2-1 thanks to Mads Albaek's early score and Christopher Glombard's second-half scrambled strike.
Albaek put the home side ahead with a seventh-minute rocket before Glombard sealed the win midway through the second period, with Marko Basa's 88th-minute score for Lille only a late consolation.
The victory for Reims comes after their opening-day defeat away at Rennes, while Lille were unable to follow up their 1-0 win over Lorient on their first away trip of the season.
Two late goals from Gianni Bruno and Adama Ba earned Bastia their first win of the season as they claimed a 2-0 victory over Valenciennes.
The visitors came into the match having beaten Toulouse 3-0 first time out while Bastia had lost 2-0 at promoted Nantes, but it was Frederic Hantz's men who were celebrating thanks to Bruno and Ba.
Bruno opened the scoring in the 78th minute and Ba added a second two minutes later with a diving header to seal the victory.
Nice atoned for an opening-day humiliation by securing their first points of the season from a 2-1 victory over 10-man Rennes.
Dario Cvitanich saw his 20th-minute opener cancelled out by Nelson Oliveira just before the break but Jeremy Pied would hit what proved to be the winner following the restart.
Rennes winger Vincent Pajot was then dismissed at the death for a professional foul on Valentin Eysseric.
Israel international Eden Ben Basat earned Toulouse a 1-1 draw against Bordeaux as both sides continue to look for their first win of the season.
Alain Casanova's men were humbled 3-0 by Valenciennes in week one, while Bordeaux ran into the money machine of Monaco and were beaten 2-0.
The visitors had opened the scoring through Cheick Diabate - the Mali international scoring two minutes before half-time - but held the lead for barely two minutes as Ben Basat chimed in.
Both sides will perhaps take a point in view of their opening-day losses, with Bordeaux's the more credible after they lost Marc Planus to a 28th-minute red card.
On Friday night, Lyon came from a goal down to claim their second victory in their opening two games of the season with 3-1 success at Sochaux.
Ryad Boudebouz gave the hosts the lead with a penalty after four minutes only for Lyon to score two goals in eight minutes at the end of the first half from Yassine Benzia and Alexandre Lacazette.
Yoann Gourcuff scored a third for Remi Garde's side who top the fledgling table.