Ligue 1 round-up
PSG bag first win, Sochaux and Montpellier succeed
Last Updated: August 21, 2011 10:41pm
Montpellier made it three wins from three on Sunday while PSG and Sochaux also secured three-point hauls.
Big-spending Paris St Germain picked up their first win of the new Ligue 1 season with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Valenciennes at the Parc des Princes.
Marquee signing Javier Pastore featured in the PSG squad in a league match for the first time, albeit on the bench, but it was fellow new signing Kevin Gameiro who put the hosts ahead late in the first half.
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Valenciennes are yet to pick up a win this season but struck back on the stroke of half-time through Remi Gomis before a Nene penalty secured Antoine Kombouare's side their first three points of the season.
Marseille played out their third successive draw - 0-0 at home to St Etienne.
Didier Deschamps' men edged the first half and came close to taking the lead when Loic Remy hit the post.
Les Verts also hit the woodwork after the break, Bakary Sako volleying against the bar after 56 minutes.
St Etienne played with 10 men for the final five minutes after Jean-Pascal Mignot was given a second yellow card for a crude tackle on Alou Diarra.
Sochaux overcame the dismissal of Carlao to earn their first win of the Ligue 1 season, winning 2-1 against Nancy.
Both teams had come into the fixture with just a single point from their opening two matches, and it was the visitors who took control with goals from Mathieu Peybernes and Sloan Privat.
A red card for Brazilian defender Carlao and a penalty to Nancy, scored by Youssouf Hadji, threatened to undo all the hard work but Sochaux clung on for the victory.
Montpellier's dream start to the Ligue 1 season got better as they smashed four goals past Rennes without reply to maintain their perfect record.
After Younnes Belhanda's first-half penalty the hosts surged to a comprehensive win after the interval with Geoffrey Dernis on target before a late Souleymane Camara double.
Montpellier have now won their opening three games, including an impressive 1-0 success at champions Lille last weekend, and scored eight goals while conceding just once.