Rennes beats struggling Marseille, 1-0

BY foxsports • September 10, 2011

Marseille's miserable start to the Ligue 1 season continued on Saturday as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Rennes at the Stade Velodrome.

Last season's runners-up headed into the game having managed only three points from their opening four games, and a 76th-minute goal from substitute Jires Kembo Ekoko - 10 minutes after his introduction - ensured there was no respite on Saturday night.

There were no such worries for unbeaten Lyon, who moved top of the standings thanks to a 2-1 victory at Dijon. Maxime Gonalons and Bafetimbi Gomis were the men on target for Les Gones, with Benjamin Corgnet's equaliser on the stroke of half-time not enough for the hosts.

Eden Hazard scored twice as second-placed Lille came from behind to see off the challenge of 10-man St Etienne 3-1.

David Rozehnal's own goal gave the home side an early lead, but the dismissal of Loris Nery allowed LOSC a way back into the match.

And the defending champions took full advantage with Hazard's brace followed by a late strike from Ludovic Obraniak.

Ajaccio came from behind to beat Valenciennes 3-1 - their first league win of the season.

Frederic Sammaritano netted twice and Ilan once in the space of 12 minutes early in the second half to turn the match on its head.

Gael Danic had put the visitors in front, but their second-half collapse left them bottom of the table and still searching for their first victory.

Substitute Innocent Emeghara earned Lorient a 1-1 draw with a late equaliser at fellow high-flyers Sochaux.

Edouard Butin gave the Montbeliard club a deserved lead five minutes before the break but they could not build on that advantage - despite hitting the woodwork three times - and paid the price two minutes from time.

Finally, Bordeaux's sluggish start to the new season continued as they were held to a goalless home draw by promoted Evian and Etienne Capoue scored in stoppage time as Toulouse got back on track with a last-gasp 1-0 triumph at Caen.


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