It was another sensational weekend of French football as Ligue 1 once again delivered with 25 goals and five red cards.
Evian ended Lyon’s 100% winning start as both teams had to settle for a share of the points. Cédric Barbosa opened the scoring for the hosts with a fine strike. The veteran midfielder smartly controlled the ball on his chest before firing home an opener. OL went in search of an equaliser and eventually Evian cracked. Substitute Michel Bastos levelled the scores with a well struck free-kick 10 minutes before the final whistle.
Nice and Lille finished 2-2 in what was a very exciting affair. Dimitri Payet opened the scoring for Lille with a powerful low strike before Nemanja Pejcinovic levelled on the stroke of half time with a close range volley. Lille were on the ropes and after the interval and Nice took the lead as Eric Bauthéac finished after a well worked move. But Lille responded as Djibril Sidibé held off the challenge of Didier Digard before firing through the legs of Delle to earn the away side a deserved point.
Toulouse continued their good start to the season as they edged past Nancy. Moussa Sissoko combined well with Daniel Braaten before firing home an angled shot to put the away side In front. And things went from bad to worse for the home side as André Luiz was issued a straight red card for a dangerous tackle five minutes after the break. Despite a numerical disadvantage the home side showed no signs of giving up as they went in search of an equaliser. Jeff Louis came close with a stooping header before Sebastien Puygrenier rattled the bar with a powerful header, but it was not to be for Nancy as Toulouse held on for the win to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
A late own goal gifted Reims their first three points of the season as Sochaux remain cemented to the foot of the table. Sébastien Corchia received two yellow cards in seven minutes resulting in the French defender heading for an early bath. The Sochaux defender’s second yellow resulted in Reims being handed a penalty kick but Khamel Ghilas failed to find a way past Pierrick Cros who saved low to his right. For 90 minutes the away side held on resiliently but finally cracked in injury time as Sloan Privat diverted the ball past his own goalkeeper following Johan Romare’s fizzing free-kick.
Lorient came from behind twice to snatch a point. Troyes took the lead with just three minutes on the clock as Benjamin Nivet caught out Fabien Audard with his cross-cum-shot which sailed over the stranded keeper to give the hosts the lead. 15 minutes later and the game was level as Maxime Barthelmé struck an impressive equaliser from 25 yards out. After the interval Troyes again took the lead, this time Mounir Obbadi beat the Lorient offside trap before neatly finishing to restore the home teams lead. But with 30 minutes left on the clock Yann Jouffre was fouled by Granddi Ngoyi in the penalty area and Arnold Mvuemba converted from the spot to level the match.
Valenciennes recorded their second win of the campaign as they convincingly beat Ajaccio 3-0. Samassa opened the scoring with a fine header after 15 minutes before Ajaccio captain Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi received a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Gaël Danic. Loris Nery doubled the home sides lead after a winding run and calm finish leaving Ajaccio facing an uphill struggle. And in the dyeing minutes Ajaccio’s bad luck continued as David Oberhauser scored an unfortunate own goal, the substitute goalkeeper could do nothing to prevent the goal as the ball wickedly rebounded off the post onto his back and into the net, a game to forget for Ajaccio.
Rennes edged past Bastia in a five goal thriller to secure their first points of the season. Romain Allesandrini opened the scoring after evading the challenge of Gaël Angoula before slotting past Novaes in the Bastia goal. But their lead did not last long as François Marque tapped home Jérôme Rothen’s corner. Mevlut Erding’s defence splitting pass was then fired home by Pitroipa putting the home side back in front. After the break Ilan protested a yellow card and comically received a second leaving Bastia a goal and a man down with 35 minutes to play. Despite only having ten men, Bastia were galvanised by the dismissal and equalised 15 minutes from time as Sylvain Marchal headed home a Wahbi Khazri free-kick. Deservedly Rennes snatched the win as Erding nodded the ball over Novaes from the edge of the box to secure all three points.
Marseille recorded their third successive win of the campaign with a 1-0 victory over champions Montpellier. André-Pierre Gignac scored the only goal of the game after the French striker jinked his way past several defenders before slotting the ball past Jourdren to score the winner.
Saint-Etienne cruised to victory as they fired four past a poor Brest outfit. Aubameyang tapped home an opener before Hamouma doubled the lead after the ball rebounded off the post. Half way through the second half the home side put the game to rest as they scored twice in two minutes. First Guilavogui smashed home a close range effort before Aubameyang doubled his tally with a fine volley to end the rout.
Big spending PSG could not buy a win as Bordeuax frustrated Ancelotti’s men with a stout defensive display as both teams played out a goalless draw. With the money spent Ancelotti knows the start to the season is far from acceptable, the pressure Is well and truly on.