Nice go top of Ligue 1

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A review of the weekend’s action in France’s Ligue 1.

Alassane Plea struck the only goal against AS Nancy to send Nice top of Ligue 1.

Plea’s solitary second-half strike, from inside the penalty area, clinched Nice their fifth win from seven league matches this season and Lucien Favre’s side now hold a one-point advantage over Monaco.

Former Borussia Monchengladbach boss Favre replaced Claude Puel in the summer and has made an instant impression at the club.

Defeat leaves Nancy without a home league win this season and they remain second from bottom in the table.

Nancy made all the early running and carved out numerous first-half chances, but the visitors improved after the break and Plea struck his fourth goal of the season in the 60th minute when drilling home a low shot following Valentin Eysseric’s pass.

St Etienne stretched their unbeaten run to nine matches in all competitions with a comfortable 3-1 win over Lille.

Robert Beric’s third league goal of the campaign set the home side on their way, teenage midfielder Arnaud Nordin claimed the second and Nolan Roux struck in stoppage time. Renato Civelli hit back for Lille but the visitors were second best.

Bafetimbi Gomis converted a second-half penalty as Marseille made it four games unbeaten at home this season with a 2-1 win against Nantes.

The 31-year-old striker notched his fifth goal of the season from the spot and set up Clinton N’Jie’s first-half equaliser after Emiliano Sala had given Nantes an early lead.

Nantes striker Mariusz Stepinski set up the opening goal for Sala, who converted from close range in the second minute, but Gomis teed up a 22nd-minute equaliser for N’Jie, who lashed home a low shot from outside the area.

Marseille took the lead in the 53rd minute when Gomis was fouled by Enock Kwateng in the area and picked himself up to slam home his penalty high into the net.

Nantes substitute Adrien Thomasson headed straight at home goalkeeper Yohann Pele before the visitors hit the crossbar through midfielder Guillaume Gillet’s shot in the 79th minute, but Marseille held on.

On Saturday, Monaco reached the top of the Ligue 1 table for one day after coming from behind to beat Angers 2-1 at the Stade Louis II.

Famara Diedhiou opened the scoring for visitors Angers in the 55th minute but goals from Kamil Glik and an own goal by Dickson Nwakaeme saw Monaco claim the victory.

Lyon missed out on the chance to move level on points with third-placed Paris St Germain in Ligue 1 as they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Lorient.

Jimmy Cabot’s second-half strike proved the difference as an inspired Benjamin Lecomte in the Lorient goal kept Les Gones at bay to help his side move out of the bottom three.

Enzo Crivelli scored the second-half winner for Bastia but was sent off three minutes later in his team’s 1-0 Ligue 1 win at home to Guingamp.

Both teams finished with 10 men, Guingamp the first to feel the heat after defender Marcal was sent off for a second bookable offence seven minutes before half-time.

Lois Diony scored a goal in each half as Dijon claimed their second win of the season with a 3-0 victory over Rennes.

Diony opened the scoring in the seventh minute and added his second in the 78th, either side of Jordan Marie’s 19th-minute strike for the hosts.

The result lifted Dijon into 13th place, three points behind 10th-placed Rennes.

Montpellier suffered a second successive league defeat as Metz beat them 1-0 at the Stade de La Mosson.

Frederic Hantz’s hosts were trounced 5-1 on their travels to Lyon in midweek – and back in front of their own supporters, they had no answer either to a goal from Metz’s prolific striker Mevlut Erdinc in first-half injury time.

Erdinc scored from the penalty spot, after a foul by home captain Hilton, for his sixth goal in as many matches so far this campaign.

Elsewhere, Bordeaux were held to a goalless draw at home to Caen.

On Friday night, 10-man Paris St Germain slumped to their second defeat of the season as they were beaten 2-0 at Toulouse.

Yann Bodiger netted the opening goal in the 48th minute from the penalty spot after PSG’s Serge Aurier had been dismissed for a second yellow card.

Jimmy Durmaz’s cool finish made sure of the points 11 minutes from time as the home side secured their first win over the champions in seven years.

 

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