Ligue 1 round-up
Joe Cole scored a stunning first goal in French football as Lille drew with Lorient, but it is PSG and Lyon setting the pace at the top of Ligue 1.
Last Updated: 24/09/11 10:06pm
Joe Cole scored a stunning first goal in French football as Lille drew with Lorient, but it is Paris St Germain and Lyon setting the pace at the top of Ligue 1.
Cole, on loan from Liverpool, hit a stunning 34th-minute opener for Lille, taking a couple of touches before arrowing a fierce shot into the top left-hand corner from the edge of the penalty area.
It was a classy strike and looked set to bring three points, before Lorient salvaged a 1-1 draw.
Kevin Monnet-Paquet blasted the late leveller, a couple of minutes after Cole had been substituted to a standing ovation.
Montpellier had occupied top spot prior to the weekend's games but suffered a 3-0 defeat at home to Paris St Germain in Saturday's late kick-off.
PSG recruited heavily over the summer in a bid to bring back the glory days to the French capital, and it was two of the newcomers who did the damage at Montpellier as Kevin Gameiro and Javier Pastore found the target before half-time.
Pastore then scored again late on to clinch the win and lift PSG above Montpellier.
Lyon are level on points with PSG at the summit after Bafetimbi Gomis scored two goals in their 3-1 win over Bordeaux.
The striker put the hosts in front with a smart shot in the seventh minute before doubling Lyon's lead just after half an hour with an effort from close range.
Michel Bastos added a third goal in the 64th minute to put the game out of Bordeaux's reach, a late penalty by Anthony Modeste the only consolation for the visitors.
Toulouse continued their excellent start to the Ligue 1 season after claiming a narrow 1-0 victory over bottom club Nancy.
Umut Bulut netted the only goal of the game midway through the second half as Toulouse recorded their fifth victory in eight matches this season, leaving them sitting pretty near the top of the standings.
Second-half substitute Jose Saez scored two minutes into injury-time to earn Valenciennes a 1-1 draw that keeps Marseille in the lower reaches of Ligue 1.
Last season's runners-up have yet to find any sort of rhythm so far this season and this was just their seventh point from eight games.
It had looked for so long as though they would go home with the win, though, with Souleymane Diawara giving them an early lead and then some resolute defending putting them close to the finish line, with their task made all the harder by Rod Fanni's first-half dismissal.
Franck Dja Djedje's last-minute goal salvaged a point for Nice in an entertaining 1-1 draw with Dijon.
Dja Djedje fired home in the dying seconds to cancel out Benjamin Corgnet's 14th-minute opener for the visitors to Stade du Ray.
Caen prevailed 4-2 in a six-goal thriller at Evian that also saw both sides reduced to ten men, with Lenny Nangis the first to be dismissed for the visitors before Aldo Angoula also received his marching orders.
M'Baye Niang opened the scoring for Caen but it was Evian who then took a 2-1 lead thanks to a Cedric Barbosa double.
Gregory Proment made it 2-2 on the stroke of half-time and Frederic Bulot and Kandia Traore struck in the second period to secure all three points.