Lyon up and running
A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1 as Lyon registered their first win of the season.
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Lyon had to come from behind to beat Nantes 3-1 at the Stade de Gerland on Sunday and register a first Ligue 1 win in four attempts.
Despite falling behind to a Jordan Veretout goal, Les Gones hit back with goals from Bafetimbi Gomis, Clement Grenier and Jimmy Briand and closed to within three points of league-leaders Monaco, for a couple of hours at least.
Defeat for Nantes leaves them without a win on the road in three attempts but Les Canaris solid home record means they sit happily in mid-table on their return to the top flight.
The battle of the big spenders ended all square as Paris St Germain and Monaco had to settle for a 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night which kept the visitors on top.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted a Maxwell cross to put the capital club into an early lead, but Radamel Falcao bravely headed home an equaliser within 15 minutes to ensure Monaco maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
The hosts had the better chances, but the wasteful Ibrahimovic was guilty of over-playing at times, missing three golden chances.
The draw kept Monaco two points clear of PSG and St Etienne.
Nice took no time at all to settle into their new home, producing a convincing 4-0 win over struggling Valenciennes at the brand new Allianz Riviera.
Claude Puel's men stretched their unbeaten run to five games in Ligue 1 thanks to first-half goals from Dario Cvitanich and Eric Bautheac, which were followed up by strikes from Christian Bruls and Alexy Bosetti to lift Nice into sixth place.
Defeat for goal-shy Valenciennes means they have now suffered five consecutive losses since their opening day win over Toulouse and they continue to languish in the bottom three.
Lorient twice fought back from behind to take a share of the spoils from a 3-3 draw with out-of-form Bordeaux.
The visitors had lost three games in a row going into the match but took an early lead at Stade du Moustoir through a Cheick Diabate penalty.
Lorient levelled through Vincent Aboubakar but found themselves 3-1 down before the half-hour mark as Gregory Sertic and Henri Saivet put Francis Gillot's in control of the game.
Kevin Monnet-Paquet pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time and the hosts grabbed an equaliser when Sadio Diallo struck on 58 minutes to earn a point.
On Saturday, Marseille were held to a second consecutive Ligue 1 draw in the goalless contest at Bastia.
Corsica was a happy hunting ground for L'OM last season, but a side whose 100 per cent start to the campaign was ended in a loss to Monaco at the start of the month dropped points for a third straight game on the back of last week's draw with Toulouse.
A point a piece seemed a fair result in a match which saw both teams strike the frame of the goal, with Bastia bossing the first half and Marseille the second.
Foued Kadir's quickfire double earned Rennes victory over Ajaccio and left them just two points behind leaders Monaco.
Kadir twice embarrassed defender Benjamin Andre as he struck in the 13th and 16th minutes to set up an untroubled 2-0 win for his side.
Lille, one place and one point behind Rennes in sixth, had a similar win as two goals in three minutes by Nolan Roux downed rock-bottom Sochaux as they moved to within three points of the leaders.
Roux opened the scoring in the 34th minute when he slotted home from close range before he headed home Marvin Martin's corner three minutes later as Rene Girard's side moved up to sixth with the 2-0 win.
However, it served to prolong Sochaux's agony as they seek their first win of the season with just two points on the board so far.
Evian battled back from two goals down to extend their unbeaten run to three matches after a 2-2 draw with 10-man Montpellier.
The visitors appeared on course to claim just their second win of the season after goals either side of half-time from Victor Montano and Remy Cabella.
But Daniel Wass and substitute Modou Sougou scored in the space of four minutes to earn a share of the spoils, while Montpellier's bad luck was compounded when Siaka Tiene was sent off five minutes from time, despite being earlier substituted, after challenging the referee from the touchline.
Reims remained unbeaten at home and lie seventh thanks to a second-half Nicolas de Preville equaliser against newly-promoted Guingamp.
An Anthony Weber own goal gifted Guingamp an early lead that Reims were only able to cancel out through De Preville once they improved in the second half.
On Friday night, Toulouse turned the game around with two goals in 12 second-half minutes as they ignored the form book to claim their first win of the season, 2-1 in St Etienne.
With St Etienne riding high in second place before this match and Toulouse struggling at the other end of the table, Romain Hamouma's opening goal after 18 minutes had an inevitable feeling about it.
But instead of pushing on, St Etienne squandered a string of chances and paid the price as Martin Braithwaite levelled just after the hour mark before Issiaga Sylla struck what proved to be the winner.