Following last week’s frantic start to the Ligue 1 campaign its second instalment had a lot to live up to and in typical fashion Ligue 1 delivered.
Lille were hoping to make it two wins from two as they hosted Nancy at the GRAND STADE LILLE METROPOLE, but despite home advantage Rudi Garcia’s men found themselves a goal down 10 minutes before the interval. Nancy winger Djamel Bakar cut in from the right flank before firing a low curling shot past the helpless Mickaël Landreau in the Lille goal. Before half time Lille responded. Summer arrivals Marvin Martin and Salomon Kalou combined to level the scores. Martin’s pinpoint cross was headed home by the former Chelsea forward on the stroke of half time. After the interval both teams squandered chances before Nancy forward Benjamin Moukandjo was dismissed for a second yellow card for dragging back Dimitri Payet. Despite playing the final 10 minutes with 10 men, Nancy held on for a much deserved point.
Lyon made it two wins in two as they brushed aside ten-man Troyes. After a dull first half the game sprung into action after the interval. Troyes took a shock lead through Jean-Christophe Bahebeck to silence the Stade Municipal de Gerland two minutes into the second half, but their lead did not last long as Lyon responded three minutes later. Lisandro saw his penalty well saved by Troyes goalkeeper but from the resulting corner Gomis equalised with a bullet header. Michel Bastos then put Lyon in front with an exquisite over head kick from 16 yards out. Things then went from bad to worse for Troyes as Julien Faussurier was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Cris. Lyon then went for the jugular scoring twice in the last five minutes. First Lisandro made up for his earlier penalty miss with a fine strike before Gomis scored his second after a good turn and neat finish to secure all three points for OL.
Bastia came from behind to beat Reims 2-1. The away side took the lead with just five minutes on the clock through Nicolas Fauvergue. After the interval the tide turned as Anthony Weber conceded a penalty kick and was sent off for his challenge on Florian Thauvin. Anthony Modeste converted the penalty to level the scores. Reims shot themselves in the foot as they finished the game with nine men following Mickaël Tacalfred’s dismissal. And in the 95th minute Bastia scored a dramatic winner through Ilan to pinch all three points.
Brest left it late to beat Evian at the Stade Francis-Le Blé. The home side dominated throughout but could not find a way past the resilient Evian defence until the 91st minute. Defender Baysse headed home a late winner to secure all three points for Brest.
Montpellier were denied a first win of the season as Lorient netted twice in injury time to nick all three points. The reigning champions took the lead in the first half through Herrera, the Argentine finished off a well worked Montpellier move to give the away side the lead. The champions looked set to see out the final four minutes with ease but Lorient thought otherwise. Alain Traoré levelled things up with an unstoppable strike. And before the home crowd could settle, Aliadière struck a late winner sending the Stade Yves Allainmat into ecstasy.
Toulouse secured their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Saint-Etienne. The home side took the lead just after the half hour mark when Étienne Capoue lost his marker and finished off a well worked corner routine. Wissam Ben Yedder then doubled the home side’s lead with an unstoppable long range effort which nestled in the back of the net. The travelling side’s fight back failed to materialise until the 92nd minute as Gradel fired home a spot kick, but it was too little too late as Toulouse held on for the win.
Marseille cruised to a 2-0 win over Sochaux at the Stade Vélodrome. Gignac finally opened the scoring on 55 minutes as the prolific striker scored a header from six yards out. Despite constant pressure the home side failed to add to the score until second half injury time. Fanni scrambled home the ball following Amalfitano’s free-kick.
Bordeaux beat Rennes 1-0 in a game which lacked goal mouth action. The home side missed a penalty early in the first half as Henri Saivet’s strike was well saved by Costil in the Rennes goal. Both sides were restricted to long rang efforts throughout the game, but eventually there was something else to talk about as Obraniak netted the only goal of the game on 75 minutes. Francis Gillot’s side have now won eight Ligue 1 games on the bounce stretching back into last season.
High spending PSG were once again held to a draw, this time against Ajaccio. And with things not going the capital team’s way frustration clearly set in. First summer signing Lavezzi was dismissed for a dangerous challenge on Benjamin André before manager Ancelotti was sent to the stands for kicking a water bottle on to the pitch in frustration. Both teams settled for a point, all in all a fair result.
Valenciennes and Nice took a share of the points as both teams failed to break the dead lock in what was a boring affair.