Rennes takes over French league lead after beating Nice
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Rennes has taken over the lead in the French football league after defeating Nice 2-1 on Saturday, the team's seventh win in a row. As for defending champions Marseille, they climbed to fifth position after beating Sochaux 2-1.
AP - Unbeaten Rennes won 2-1 away at Nice to provisionally move into first place in the French league on Saturday.
Rennes has yet to lose after seven rounds, and took the lead in the seventh minute through midfielder Stephane Dalmat, before striker Danijel Ljuboja equalized in the 26th with his first goal for Nice.
Striker Victor Hugo Montano’s third league goal of the season gave Rennes the win in the 77th.
Defending champion Marseille beat Sochaux 2-1 at home with goals from defender Taye Taiwo and midfielder Lucho Gonzalez.
Later Saturday, Lyon was at home to Saint-Etienne with Lyon coach Claude Puel under pressure after some poor results and media speculation that the players are tired of his disciplinarian approach, and that defeat will lead to his sacking.
At Stade Velodrome, winger Andre Ayew set up Taiwo for a shooting chance from 25 meters (yards) and the defender’s strike flew into the net to give Marseille the lead in the 19th.
Gonzalez made it 2-0 in the 61st when he ran onto a deft headed pass from Loic Remy and hit a quick shot past goalkeeper Matthieu Dreyer.
Midfielder Nicolas Maurice-Belay grabbed a consolation goal for Sochaux.
Striker Olivier Giroud put Montpellier ahead against last-placed Arles in the 41st after collecting a pass from Romain Pitau and finishing confidently.
Giroud added another from the penalty spot early in the second half, before Yann Kermorgant pulled one back for Arles.
Souleymane Camara wrapped up Montpellier’s win when he got his first goal of the season with 10 minutes remaining.
Kevin Gameiro scored after just four minutes for Lorient, but Monaco forward Dieumerci Mbokani leveled in the 24th.
Monaco center half Sebastien Puygrenier was sent off just before the interval, but Lorient struggled to make the most of the extra man until Lynel Kitambala scored the winner in the last minute.
Auxerre remains in the relegation zone after throwing away a 2-0 lead.
Auxerre was without striker Anthony Le Tallec through injury but the
former Liverpool forward was not missed as forward Dennis Oliech scored twice after just 11 minutes.
Alexandre Cuvillier pulled a goal back soon after for Nancy and striker Marama Vahirua made it 2-2 before the break.
In Sunday’s games, it is: Brest vs. Valenciennes; Toulouse vs. Lille, and Lens vs. Paris Saint-Germain.
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