Ligue 1 round-up
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Champions Lyon were too strong for Lorient, while Valenciennes also grabbed a win.
Champions Lyon were too strong for Lorient, while Ligue 1 new boys Valenciennes continue to impress with a 1-0 win over Nantes.
Lyon have now won five from six league games and Gerard Houllier's side were always in control on their travels to Lorient in a 3-1 victory.
Former Chelsea midfielder Tiago opened the scoring in the sixth minute when he prodded home from a corner, before Fred doubled his side's advantage just past the hour mark.
Poor Lorient defending allowed Florent Malouda to grab a quick-fire third, with the home side's consolation coming courtesy of Michael Ciani's 69th minute effort.
Le Mans continue to impress and after a 2-1 away day win at Sedan they move up to fifth in the table, despite their success being tempered somewhat by having Stephane Sessegnon sent off in injury time for a reckless tackle.
Sedan found themselves trailing when Ismael and Bangoura both struck within 26 minutes, and while Nadir Belhadj got his side back in the contest in the 79th minute, it ultimately proved in vain.
Toulouse claimed an excellent away win at Lille as Fabinho (16 & 39) and Achille Emana (26) both struck in the first half, with the away side's consolation coming from former Arsenal man Efstathios Tavlaridis.
Valenciennes' in-form striker Steve Savidan again proved to be a matchwinner as his 38th minute strike proved enough against Nantes.
Troyes claimed a 2-0 win over a Nice side that had Rod Fanni sent off in the 21st minute, courtesy of second half efforts from David Gigliotti and Benjamin Nivet, who scored a 76th minute penalty.