Ligue 1 round-up: Paris St Germain go joint-top after Nantes victory
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 19/11/16 11:57pm
Paris Saint-Germain moved joint-top of Ligue 1 after Angel Di Maria and Jese Rodriguez's first league goals of the season helped them to a 2-0 win over struggling Nantes on Saturday.
Di Maria struck after 13 minutes as PSG extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to nine games.
Jese's penalty on the stroke of full time was his first goal since joining from Real Madrid and made sure of the win which takes Unai Emery's side to second, behind Monaco on goal difference.
The victory means PSG remained unbeaten at home in all competitions this season, however their rise to joint-top of the table could be a temporary one. Early pace setters Nice need just a point from their Sunday trip to St Etienne to reclaim top spot on their own.
Rennes were held to a 1-1 draw by nine-man Angers as they missed the chance to go up to fourth in the Ligue 1 table.
Giovanni Sio opened the scoring for the hosts on 21 minutes after he latched onto a through ball by Ludovic Baal before rounding goalkeeper Mathieu Michel and squeezing the ball in from a tight angle.
The night got worse for the visitors as Romain Thomas saw red on 58 minutes for pulling Sio's shirt when the forward was through on goal.
Nicolas Pepe equalised for Angers with a powerful left-footed strike from 20 yards with eight minutes left before they were reduced to nine men following Cheikh N'Doye's dismissal in stoppage time, but held on to share the spoils.
Montpellier came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at struggling Bastia although the hosts, who are now winless since September 24, had taken an early lead on six minutes through an own goal from Ellyes Skhiri.
But the visitors equalised early in the second half as Souleymane Camara broke down the right and swept the ball into the Bastia penalty area, where Steve Mounie arrived to guide a half-volley in from eight yards.
A late goal from defender Tobias Badila helped Nancy defeat Dijon 1-0 at the Stade Marcel-Picot.
Nancy produced another determined display to move out of the bottom two, while also inflicting a first defeat in seven league matches for Dijon.
The decisive moment came with 13 minutes left when a free-kick from the right was floated high across the Dijon penalty area, before the ball was knocked back through a crowded box for left-back Badila to crash in, via a deflection off Julio Tavares.
Metz broke their run of five Ligue 1 matches without a win with a 2-1 away triumph over Toulouse at Stadium Municipal.
The hosts started the game in positive fashion but their hard work was undone when Metz winger Opa Nguette was brought down by goalkeeper Alban Lafont in the area on 35 minutes.
Yann Jouffre stepped up to drill his penalty past the 17-year-old and into the bottom right corner to give the visitors the lead at the break.
Three minutes after the restart, Les Grenats doubled their lead through Georges Mandjeck after he curled in Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross before Odsonne Edouard netted a consolation for Toulouse with the last kick of the game.