Ligue 1 round-up
League leaders held on their travels
By Hayley Paterson. Last Updated: September 17, 2011 10:01pm
Valenciennes moved off the bottom of the table with an emphatic 4-0 win over Dijon who could not quite cut the mustard.
The hosts thumped their fellow strugglers to record their first win of the season thanks to a second-half brace from Gregory Pujol.
Valenciennes opened the scoring in the 53rd minute through a Gael Danic header before French marksman Pujol added his two.
Renaud Cohade, who played a part in Danic's goal, claimed one for himself a minute later to help his side climb off the bottom.
Table-toppers Montpellier were held on their travels in a Brest goal fest.
Brest 2 Montpellier 2
Lorient 3 St Etienne 0
Nice 3 AC Ajaccio 0
Toulouse 3 Bordeaux 2
Valenciennes 4 Dijon 0
Lille 2 Sochaux 2
Striker Olivier Giroud did his best to help his side lengthen the gap at the top of the league table with two strikes, however Eden Ben Basat and Santiago Gentiletti had other ideas as they both levelled the match.
Brest were reduced to ten men when Tripy Makonda was given a red card, however the hosts managed to hold on for the point.
Lille missed the chance to capitalise on Montpellier's earlier draw with a 2-2 result against a stubborn Sochaux outfit.
Joe Cole's new side took the lead through Benoit Pedretti after the interval but were then a man down when Mathieu Debuchy received his second booking.
That seemed to galvanize Sochaux as Cedric Bakambu got them back into the game, however highly sought-after striker Eden Hazard looked like he had stolen the points for the home side from the spot-kick.
Sloan Privat had other ideas though as the substitute equalised in the 86th minute to make it 2-2.
Toulouse came out victorious in a five-goal thriller with Bordeaux at the Stadium Municipal.
Emmanuel Riviere grabbed a dramatic winner in injury-time for the home side as the visitors will be lamenting the way in which they lost after being 2-0 up with goals from Cheick Tidiane Diabate.
Franck Tabanou brought Toulouse back into the game from the spot-kick before Etienne Capoue levelled the score.
Bordeaux then fell apart as Cedric Carrasso was sent-off with 15 minutes to spare and before Riviere struck the final body blow.
Former Middlesbrough striker Jeremie Aliadiere netted twice to help Lorient on their way to a 3-0 victory over St Etienne.
The 28-year-old broke the deadlock in the 11th minute after good work from Kevin Monnet-Paquet, before doubling his tally in the second-half.
Mathieu Coutadeur made sure of the points at the Stade du Moustoir as they continued to put the pressure on the top three.
Nice came away with the maximum reward as they battered AC Ajaccio for three.
Fabian Luciano Monzon was in the mood to score and slotted home from the penalty spot before adding his second minutes before the final whistle.
Ajaccio, who had Johan Cavalli sent-off, were then hit for another when Renato Civelli struck late on.
Auxerre and Caen shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw.
Benjamin Nivet cancelled out Issam Jemaa's 32nd minute goal for the point.