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Minnows Arles-Avignon clinch first win of the season

Bottom-placed Arles-Avignon beat Caen 3-2 on Saturday to pick up their first win of the season. Stade Rennes remain second after a draw against Lyon, one point behind Ligue 1 leaders Brest, who lost to Lille.

  REUTERS - Two goals from Arles Avignon’s Guinea striker Kaba Diawara gave the basement club their first Ligue 1 win of the season as they beat Caen 3-2 on Saturday.   Stade Rennes stayed second behind surprise leaders Stade Brest after drawing 1-1 at home to Olympique Lyon.   Brest, who travel to Lille on Sunday (1600 GMT) have 21 points from 11 games, with Rennes on 20. Third-placed Olympique Marseille, away to arch-rivals Paris St Germain on Sunday (2000), have 18 points as do Toulouse, St Etienne and Montpellier.   Promoted Arles continued their improved form since ex-Bosnia coach Faruk Hadzibegic took over at the start of October.   After losing their first eight matches, they now have five points from 12 games, five adrift of RC Lens.   Former Arsenal and Olympique Marseille striker Diawara scored with a header and then converted a penalty his first goals in more than four years to give Arles the points after Gael Germany got the southerners’ first goal.   “We suffered a lot, but we deserved the win,” Hadzibegic said. “Caen played well, but that’s football.”   Caen’s Youssef El Arabi had notched his eighth of the campaign after 10 minutes to give the visitors the lead and join Saint Etienne’s Dimitri Payet as the league’s top scorer.   Diawara put Arles in front just past the half-hour after Germany’s strike before Kandia Traore levelled for Caen but Diawara’s 76th-minute spot kick decided the match.   Saint Etienne missed the chance to close the gap on leaders Brest and dropped to fifth in the table, losing 2-1 at home to L’Orient after Kevin Gameiro scored his second of the match with eight minutes left.   The French international took his tally to six goals for the season lifting L’Orient to seventh with 17 points.  
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