Ligue 1: Lyon retake top spot after St. Etienne sink Bordeaux; Montpellier up to fourth; PSG draw


Lens 0 – Lyon 2 (Ligue 1, October 3, 2009) Sidney Govou and Kim Kallstrom fired Lyon to the top of the French league.

St. Etienne 3 – Bordeaux 1 (Ligue 1, October 3, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Missing their influential midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, defending champions Bordeaux slumped to a shock first loss of the season. St.Etienne were ahead after just eight minutes with a Augusto Fernandez header. Araujo Ilan made it 2-0 on the half hour mark with Bordeaux’s Brazilian import Jussie pulling a goal back from the penalty spot in the second half. St. Etienne wrapped up the three points in stoppage time when Dimitri Payet brilliantly lobbed the keeper from 25-yards out and on the angle.

Rennes 0 – Auxerre 1 (Ligue 1, October 3, 2009) Former Fulham defender Carlos Bocanegra was sent off for Rennes after just 16 minutes and from the resulting free kick Benoit Pedretti scored the only goal of the game

PSG 1 – Nancy 1 (Ligue 1, October 3, 2009) Youssouf Hadji gave the visitors a shock lead after 13 minutes, but Stephane Sessegnon levelled matters five minutes later.

Nice 3 – Valenciennes 2 (Ligue 1, October 3, 2009) Valenciennes raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to Mamadou Samassa’s 40th minute penalty and Carlos Sanchez’s goal five minutes after the break. Chaouki Ben Saada gave Nice hope with a goal back on 67 minutes and Valenciennes were reduced to ten men five minutes later when Renaud Cohade saw red. A minute later Olivier Echouafni drew Nice level and an unfortunate own goal from David Ducourtioux 14 minutes from time gifted Nice the points.

Grenoble 2 – Montpellier 3 (Ligue 1, October 3, 2009) Montpellier got off to a flying start with Victor Hugo Montano firing them in front after just three minutes and Nenad Dzodic added a second ten minutes later. Danijel Ljuboja pulled a goal back for rock-bottom Grenoble two minutes after the break only for Dzodic to restore Montpellier’s two-goal lead three minutes later. Nicolas Dieuze netted a late consolation for Grenoble, but it was too little too late for the home side.

Sochaux 1 – Le Mans 0 (Ligue 1, October 3, 2009) Le Mans were reduced to ten man on 63 minutes when Guillaume Loriot was sent off for handball inside the box, but Vaclav Sverkos saw his resulting penalty saved by Didier Ovono. Sochaux finally made the breakthrough 12 minutes from time when Marvin Martin found a way past Ovono.