Saint Etienne ended title-holders Bordeaux's 22-match unbeaten streak with a 3-1 win and Lyon took the top spot in the standings with a 2-0 win over Lens on Saturday. Paris Saint-Germain and Nancy drew 1-1, and Auxerre beat Rennes 1-0.
AFP - Lyon went top of the French first division with a 2-0 win over Lens on Saturday as defending champions Bordeaux slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Saint Etienne, ending their 22-match unbeaten streak.
Sydney Govou gave Lyon a sixth-minute lead before Kim Kallstrom wrapped up the three points late in the second period.
Lyon have 20 points, one ahead of Bordeaux, and are the only undefeated side left in the top flight.
Bordeaux were missing their influential midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, who suffered a thigh injury in the 1-0 Champions League win over Maccabi Haifa as the champions suffered their first loss since a 3-0 reverse against Toulouse on March 7.
Coach Laurent Blanc, desperate to keep his stars fresh for the domestic and European campaigns, also left Morocco striker Maroune Chamakh and Brazilian midfielder Wendel on the bench for Saturday's trip.
Saint Etienne, buoyed by a 2-1 win at Monaco last weekend which lifted them into mid-table, were ahead after just eight minutes with a headed goal from Augusto Fernandez.
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.
But Saint Etienne wrapped up the three points in stoppage time when Dimitri Payet unleashed a 35-metre screamer.
"You are never happy when you lose," said Blanc. "We're disappointed with the result and our first-half performance.
"Saint Etienne deserved to win mostly because of their first-half."
Montpellier are third after a 3-2 win at rock-bottom Grenoble who have lost all of their eight league matches.
Victor Montano and Nenad Dzodic gave Montpellier a 2-0 lead after just 13 minutes before Daniel Ljuboja reduced the deficit early in the second half.
Dzodic extended Montpellier's lead in the 49th minute with Nicolas Dieuze's injury-time strike coming too late to halt Grenoble's miserable run, a record for successive defeats in the French league.
"We need to put an end to this negative spiral," said Grenoble captain Laurent Batlles.
"We'll get out of this. With a few points, we are capable of doing good things, but at the moment it's hard to take."
Paris St Germain are fifth, six points behind Bordeaux, after a 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes against Nancy.
Youssouf Hadji put Nancy into a 13th minute lead before Stephane Sessegnon levelled five minutes later.
The result meant PSG, who harbour hopes of the title, have now collected three points in their last four league games.
Date created : 2009-10-03