Marseille impress at Valenciennes to stay top of Ligue 1; Le Mans keep up the pace against Nancy to move

Valenciennes 1 – Marseille 3 (Ligue 1, October 19, 2008) Bakari Kone headed in a rebound in the 13th minute, while Hatem Ben Arfa collected a through ball from Niang to round keeper and slot the ball into the empty net on 73. Charles Kabore sealed the win in injury-time with a volley, while Gregory Pujol scored a consolation for Valenciennes.

Le Mans 2 – Nancy 0 (Ligue 1, October 19, 2008) Nancy’s Berenguer put Le Mans ahead when he deflected a corner into his own net on 33 minutes, before Lamah wrapped up the win from close range on 65 minutes. Le Mans move into an unlikely second spot in France.

Auxerre 0 – Rennes 0 (Ligue 1, October 19, 2008)