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
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
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
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
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