Monaco back to winning ways

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Monaco returned to winning ways in Ligue 1 as they beat newly-promoted Gazelec Ajaccio 1-0 away courtesy of an early Fabinho penalty.

The Brazil defender converted from the spot in the 16th minute after David Ducourtioux was penalised for a handball in the box.

Monaco struggled to pose much more of a threat thereafter and might feel lucky to have emerged with all three points, but the result at least means they have bounced back from the 3-0 home loss to Paris St Germain suffered last time out.

And having secured their first league win since the opening day of the campaign, Leonardo Jardim’s men now have eight points from five fixtures.

After already losing to Reims, Caen and Guingamp this season, Marseille avoided another bruising loss as they posted a 4-1 win over Bastia.

Benjamin Mendy put the home side in front with a classy goal after 15 minutes. Fed the ball on the edge of the penalty area from a corner he rapped a 25-yard left-footed strike in off the underside of the crossbar.

Romain Alessandrini bustled through for the second in the opening minute of the second half. Alessandrini then coolly slotted the third after 66 minutes and Michy Batshuayi poked in to make it 4-0 four minutes later.

Brandao got a consolation strike for Bastia in the 78th minute but it was far too little too late.

Rennes made it four successive Ligue 1 wins with a 2-0 victory over a Nantes side who had Adryan and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson sent off.

Paul Georges Ntep broke the deadlock in the 67th minute after midfielder Adryan saw red, and after Sigthorsson followed his team-mate down the tunnel it fell to Giovanni Sio to seal the away win a minute from time.

Monaco returned to winning ways in Ligue 1 as they beat newly-promoted Gazelec Ajaccio 1-0 away courtesy of an early Fabinho penalty.

The Brazil defender converted from the spot in the 16th minute after David Ducourtioux was penalised for a handball in the box.

Monaco struggled to pose much more of a threat thereafter and might feel lucky to have emerged with all three points, but the result at least means they have bounced back from the 3-0 home loss to Paris St Germain suffered last time out.

And having secured their first league win since the opening day of the campaign, Leonardo Jardim’s men now have eight points from five fixtures.

On Saturday, Lyon began life without injured striker Nabil Fekir by playing out a goalless draw with Lille at the Stade de Gerland.

The absence of Fekir – ruled out for at least six months after sustaining a knee injury during the international break – was evident in a result which left Henri Fournier’s men five points behind early leaders Paris St Germain.

And the draw also continued a frustrating start to the season for Lille, who now have six points from their five games played and languish well off the pace.

Second-placed Reims hit back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Toulouse and maintain their strong start to the new season.

Olivier Guegan’s side looked to be heading for defeat after first-half strikes from Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik and Marthin Braithwaite for the home side.

But the visitors reduced the deficit through Theoson Siebatcheu in the 56th minute before Frederic Bulot netted their equaliser 10 minutes from time.

St Etienne claimed their third-straight league win with a 2-1 success at Montpellier, who are still searching for their first victory of the new campaign.

Moustapha Bayal Sall and Nolan Rous put the visitors well in control before Joris Marveaux reduced the deficit in injury time.

Syam Ben Youssef scored and was later sent off as Caen won 3-1 at Troyes.

Goals from Ben Youssef and Feret gave the visitors a comfortable half-time advantage and Vincent Bessat added a third despite Ben Youssef’s dismissal before Quentin Othon hit a late consolation.

Lorient came back from behind to beat Angers 3-1 as Romain Saiss’ early effort was cancelled out by strikes from Yann Jouffre, Abdul Waris and Benjamin Jeannot.

Meanwhile Younousse Sankare latched onto a pass from Jimmy Briand to the score the only goal of the game in the 76th minute as Guingamp won at Nice.

On Friday night, Edinson Cavani netted twice but PSG had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Bordeaux.

 

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