Ligue 1 round-up
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fred marked his Lyon debut with a brace as they beat Monaco 2-1 at Stade Gerland.Fred marked his Lyon debut with a brace as the reigning champions beat Monaco 2-1 at Stade Gerland.
Brazilian striker Fred was a pre-transfer deadline investment from Cruzeiro and he quickly repaid some of Lyon's outlay.
His first goal arrived after just six minutes when he stabbed home from close range and he put Lyon 2-0 up on 50 minutes with a header.
Monaco were dealt a blow on 56 minutes when Olivier Kapo was sent off for a second yellow card offence.
The Principality outfit rallied through David Gigliotti's 79th minute free kick, which was deflected, but Lyon held on to stay top of the table.
Paris Saint Germain are giving chase as Bonaventure Kalou's 29th minute goal earned the capital club a 1-0 home win over Strasbourg, who had Hosni Abd Rabou dismissed on 64 minutes.
Ligue 1 minnows Le Mans continue to show that being in the top flight holds no fears after a 2-0 win at Toulouse.
Chiquy Lucau scored on 12 minutes before the visitors had Marko Basa sent off. Le Mans were not hindered by that setback and notched a second goal on 85 minutes through Yohann Hautcouer.
Lille warmed up for their UEFA Champions League tie with Benfica with a 2-0 victory at Metz.
Peter Odemwingie grabbed both goals for the visitors, on 50 and 59 minutes, while Metz had Ludovic Obraniak sent off 20 minutes from time.
Frederic Piquionne's seventh minute goal was enough for St Etienne to see off Nice on the South Coast.
Rennes hauled themselves away from the bottom section of the table after an impressive 3-1 triumph at home to Auxerre.
Youssef Hadji broke the deadlock on 48 minutes and Olivier Monterrubio made it 2-0 on 57 minutes. Nantes replied through Vassiriki Diaby on 68 minutes but Hadji netted his second of the game on 73 minutes.
Sebastien Grax scored a last minute winner as Troyes edge past Nantes 1-0 at home.
An early goal from Waldir was sufficient to give Ajaccio three points at home to promoted Nancy.
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Ajaccio 1-0 Nancy
Lyon 2-1 Monaco
Metz 0-2 Lille
Nice 0-1 St Etienne
Paris Saint Germain 1-0 Strasbourg
Rennes 3-1 Auxerre
Toulouse 0-2 Le Mans
Troyes 1-0 Nantes