Lyon, Marseille and Bordeaux, the three clubs topping the Ligue 1 standings, all secured three points Saturday with wins against Monaco (1-0), Grenoble (3-0) and Auxerre (2-0), while Sochaux moved off the bottom after its first win of the season.
The seven times French champions reshuffled their team after a 2-0 Champions league win over Steaua Bucharest in midweek and the changes paid dividends when usual second-choice players Fred and Kim Kallstrom combined to secure the points.
Brazilian Fred capitalised on a cross from the
Lyon, who have not conceded a goal in their last five games, escaped a late scare when
"We had the upper hand throughout the game and our win is deserved," said
Lyon lead the standings with 30 points from 13 games ahead of Olympique Marseille, who kept up the pressure in second place by cruising to a 3-0 win at promoted
Last season's runners-up Girondins
Marseille needed only four minutes to open the scoring when in-form playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa deflected Mamadou Niang's off-target attempt into the net.
Midfielder Benoit Cheyrou sealed Marseille's victory with a 25-metre drive in the 82nd.
They had to playe the second half with third-choice goalkeeper Kevin Olimpa after Matthieu Valverde was carried off on a stretcher following a collision with Auxerre striker Dennis Oliech just before the interval.
Valverde had been brought into the team to cover for injured first-choice keeper and
Sochaux moved off the bottom after a 2-1 home win over
In Saturday's late game,
Date created : 2008-11-08