Gameiro sends PSG to summit

Paris Saint-Germain moved to the top of Ligue 1 – for 24 hours

at least – after scraping past Reims 1-0 at the Parc des Princes on

Saturday.

The big-spending Parisians were far from their best and had

fortune on their side with Reims’ Diego seeing a first-half penalty

superbly saved by the hosts’ Salvatore Sirigu.

PSG rode their luck and grabbed the winner when Maxwell crossed

for Kevin Gameiro to nod in at the far post.

The narrow win means Carlo Ancelotti’s side edged ahead of

arch-rivals Marseille on goal difference at the summit although OM

can re-establish their three-point advantage when they go to Troyes

on Sunday.

Toulouse moved up to third after Emmanuel Riviere’s brace

inflicted more misery on struggling Evian in a 4-0 beating.

The hosts are suffering from ‘second season syndrome’ after a

strong showing in the top flight last term following promotion.

And they were second best once again as Toulouse ran riot thanks

to some clinical finishing, Riviere’s strikes being sandwiched by

efforts from Franck Tabanou and Daniel Braaten.

Lorient endured a night to forget as Valenciennes took advantage

of two red cards with a late flurry of goals to win 6-1.

The visitors actually took an early lead through Benjamin

Corgnet but were 2-1 down before Arnaud Le Lan’s 18th-minute

dismissal, Carlos Sanchez and Anthony Le Tallec doing the

damage.

Gael Danic’s penalty and a second Lorient red card – Innocent

Emeghara failing to live up to his name – put the result beyond any

serious doubt and two goals in the final 10 minutes from Vincent

Aboubakar, plus another for Le Tallec, inflicted maximum punishment

on Christian Gourcuff’s side.

Reigning champions Montpellier’s scarcely believable start to

the season continued as a 2-1 defeat at Rennes left them with only

eight points from nine games.

Jean Makoun’s 12th-minute header and Mevlut Erding’s goal early

in the second half set Rennes on their way to victory.

Younes Belhanda pulled a goal back from the penalty spot but it

was not enough to save Montpellier from their fifth defeat of the

campaign.

Nice were left rueing a late missed penalty as their match

against St Etienne finished 1-1 at the Stade Municipal du Ray.

Eric Bautheac gave Nice a 28th-minute lead, which was cancelled

out by Brandao’s goal 14 minutes from time.

Ten-man Nancy ended their abysmal run of form but were pegged

back by Sebastien Roudet’s second-half strike in their 1-1 draw

with fellow strugglers Sochaux.

Jean Fernandez’s side had lost their last six matches but made

an ideal start with Sebastien Puygrenier opening the scoring with

the first chance of the match in the 13th minute.

Yet Sochaux dominated thereafter and Roudet’s leveller 10

minutes after the interval was richly deserved before Djamel Bakar

was dismissed on the hour mark for a rash lunge on Ryad

Boudebouz.