Ligue 1 Round-up
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyon preserved their unbeaten record, as they drew 0-0 at Istres.Lyon preserved their unbeaten record, but coach Paul Le Guen may well view the 0-0 draw at Istres as two dropped points.
Lyon are seeking a third straight league title and they have started the defence of their crown well, but they were denied a victory at struggling Istres on Saturday.
The visitors struggled to stamp their class on the game, although Juninho went close to winning the game when shooting narrowly wide with 20 minutes remaining.
Istres may well feel as if they should have claimed all the points, as they twice struck the bar.
Florian Maurice's 40-yard effort beat Gregory Coupet (pictured) but hit the woodwork, while the keeper did well to deviate a shot onto the bar with 25 minutes remaining.
Istres finished the game with ten men as Brahim Thiam was dismissed with 15 minutes remaining, but Lyon failed to take advantage.
Strasbourg sent Istres to the foot of Ligue 1 with a 2-1 home win over Nice.
Strasbourg led at the break through Yves Deroff, but Nice thought they had pinched a point when Florent Balmont levelled with 12 minutes remaining.
However, Strasbourg raised their game and two goals in the final ten minutes by Mickael Pagis and Salim Arrache secured the points that took them off the foot of the table.
Fabrice Pancrate's early strike was enough to hand Paris Saint Germain all the points from their home clash with Ajaccio.
Caen recovered from going behind early on against Nantes to win 2-1.
Florin Bratu had put Les Canaris ahead, but Caen rallied and goals either side of half time by Reynald Lemaitre and Cyril Watier secured the spoils.
Alexander Frei's brace and a second half effort from Olivier Monterrubio helped Rennes see off Metz.
Bordeaux came away from their trip to St Etienne with a point as the game finished goalless.