St Etienne held to draw
A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1.
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St Etienne missed the chance to join Bordeaux at the top of the early Ligue 1 standings as a missed penalty proved costly in a 0-0 draw against Rennes.
Moments after Rennes' Pedro Henrique struck a post, St Etienne looked poised to take full advantage when Mevlut Erding won a 40th minute penalty, but he saw his shot saved by Benoit Costil.
St Etienne continued to push in the second half but created only a handful of chances and Rennes held out for a point.
Lens picked up their first win of the new season with a 1-0 success at Lyon.
Lalaina Nomenjanahary scored the only goal for Antoine Kombouare's side 11 minutes in and it was comfortable for them after that, short of a late flourish from Lyon which could not bring about an equaliser.
An away success at Lyon - and a deserved one at that - is a real scalp for Lens and, after defeats to Guingamp and Nantes, should set them up for the weeks ahead.
Radamel Falcao's 45th minute goal gave Monaco their first win of the season as they defeated Nantes 1-0.
The Colombia striker headed in Layvin Kurzawa's cross from close range to register the first points for his side following defeats by Lorient and Bordeaux.
The result still leaves big-spending Monaco firmly in the bottom half of the table, just one place above the bottom three at this early stage of the season.
On Saturday, Willy Sagnol's Bordeaux went top of the table after beating Nice 3-1 to register a third straight victory.
The former France defender appears to be adapting to top-flight management seamlessly and, with nine points collected from the first nine on offer, Sagnol and his free-scoring Girondins are setting the early pace in France.
They had to come from behind to win at the Allianz Riviera, though, given the fact Alexys Bosetti fired Nice ahead with a sumptuous shot in the 12th minute.
Cheick Diabate - later dismissed with 10 minutes remaining - equalised from the penalty spot shortly before the half-hour mark, leaving Nicolas Maurice-Belay and Gregory Sertic to notch the goals that kept Bordeaux flying high.
A superb individual goal from Jonathan Delaplace helped Lille maintain their unbeaten start with a 2-0 win at home to Lorient leaving them two points off the summit.
Delaplace broke the deadlock early in the second half, finishing off a fine run with a well-placed low shot, before Simon Kjaer's deflected free-kick sealed the points.
Andre-Pierre Gignac lifted the pressure on new Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa as his goal gave them their first win of the season, 1-0 over Guingamp at the Stade Municipal de Roudourou.
Bielsa was booed off last week when his first home game ended in a 2-0 loss to Montpellier, but could celebrate three points on Saturday, with Gignac's 46th-minute goal the reward for a dominant display short only of more clinical finishing.
Caen left it late to claim their second win with goals from Ngolo Kante in the 83rd minute and Herve Bazile in added time seeing them beat Reims 2-0 away.
Montpellier recorded back-to-back victories in Ligue 1 for the first time in seven months by downing Metz 2-0 at Stade de la Mosson.
Goals at the end of either half from Siaka Tiene and substitute Souleymane Camara earned Montpellier the spoils as they followed up their impressive away victory by the same scoreline over Marseille last time out.
Claude Makelele claimed his first win as a manager as Bastia overcame Toulouse 1-0 in Ligue 1 on Saturday night.
The Corsican outfit had lost one and drawn one of their opening two league fixtures but Ryad Boudebouz's 24th-minute penalty was enough to give them all three points this time.
On Friday night, Paris St Germain survived the second-half dismissal of former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye to hold Evian to a goalless draw at the Parc des Sports.
Missing injured star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the defending Ligue 1 champions lacked sharpness up front and a 64th-minute red card for France midfielder Cabaye could have proved costly.
However, Evian were unable to make the most of their advantage to ensure PSG remain unbeaten after three matches this season.