Toulouse beat Arles-Avignon 2-1 on Saturday to hold the lead in the French league, while defending champion Marseille beat Lorient 2-0 to earn its first win this season.
AP - Daniel Braaten’s third goal in three matches helped Toulouse edge Arles-Avignon 2-1 on Saturday and keep the lead in the French league.
Defending champion Marseille beat Lorient 2-0 to earn its first win this season.
Norway international Braaten beat goalkeeper Vincent Plante with a low shot in the 36th minute before setting up midfielder Etienne Didot for his team’s second goal in the 61st.
Franck Dja Djedje scored a consolation goal in the 64th for last-place Arles-Avignon.
Toulouse has made a perfect start to top the standings with nine points while Marseille has just three points after three rounds.
Also on Saturday, it was: Lyon 1, Brest 0; Nice 1, Nancy 1; Rennes 0, Saint-Etienne 0; Lens 2, Monaco 2.
In Marseille, defender Gabriel Heinze converted a rebound in the sixth minute after goalkeeper Lionel Cappone saved a header from Andre Ayew.
Defender Taye Taiwo sealed the win with a low strike in the 72nd.
In Lyon, midfielder Jean Makoun scored from close range in the 19th off a
pass from Jimmy Briand.
In Nice, midfielder Emerse Fae found the net for the hosts with a half-volley in the 26th.
But Nancy forward Paul Alo’o Efoulou equalized in the 85th.
Nancy midfielder Landry N’Guemo was red-carded in the 90th for a violent
tackle on Fae.
In Lens, Daniel Niculae picked his spot from 25 meters to fire home a powerful strike and put Monaco ahead in the 19th.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added a second goal with a volley in the 69th.
Lens got back into the match with an own-goal from Monaco defender Adriano
in the 73rd before Sebastien Roudet beat goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier in the 83rd to salvage a draw for the hosts.
Auxerre played Valenciennes later Saturday.
On Sunday, Montpellier takes on Caen, Lille visits Sochaux and Paris
Saint-Germain faces Bordeaux.
Date created : 2010-08-21