Monaco too good for Lyon

A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1 as Monaco kept up their excellent form with a 2-1 win over Lyon.

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Falcao celebrates with Monaco teammates

Falcao celebrates with Monaco teammates

A review of the weekend's action so far in the French Ligue 1.

Monaco are flying high in the Ligue 1 table and moved top for a few hours at least following their 2-1 victory over Lyon.

Claudio Ranieri's side moved one point above Paris St Germain ahead of their clash at St Etienne in Sunday night's late game.

Mounir Obbadi and Falcao were on target in the first half for the home side, while Bafetimbi Gomis netted his second goal of the season midway through the second half for Les Gones.

Blaise Matuidi's stoppage-time strike brought Paris St Germain back from the brink of defeat as they salvaged a 2-2 draw at 10-man St Etienne.

The defending champions looked to be heading for their first loss of the Ligue 1 season after conceding goals to Benjamin Corgnet and Romain Hamouma.

But the dismissal of Fabien Lemoine allowed PSG a route back into the match and they responded with a volley from Edinson Cavani, before Matuidi's late heroics claimed a point which lifts Laurent Blanc's team back to the top of the table.

Bordeaux continued their improved form with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Montpellier at the Stade Chaban Delmas.

Cheick Diabate and Ludovic Obraniak were on target with second-half goals as the home side made it three wins in their last four games in all competitions while extending their unbeaten league run to six matches.

Montpellier lost Yassine Jebbour to a red card midway through the first half and the defeat drops them below Bordeaux to 15th in the table as they have recorded just one win in their last eight matches.

On Saturday, Reims secured their second shock away win of the season as they stunned Marseille 3-2 at the Stade Velodrome.

Having already seen off Lyon, Hubert Fournier's men silenced the home crowd with a late Prince Oniangue header after Marseille's Florian Thauvin and Andre-Pierre Gignac had cancelled out a first-half strike from Mads Albaek and a Saber Khelifa own goal.

An unlikely three points for Reims meant a fourth defeat of the season for Elie Baup's Marseille, who have drifted outside of the European places in Ligue 1, languishing in sixth and bringing out the club president to defend Baup in the post-match press conference.

Guingamp took advantage of that defeat to leapfrog Marseille into fifth place as they scored twice late on to beat struggling Ajaccio 2-1.

The visitors, in the bottom three, took the lead through Benjamin Andre late in the first half, but Claudio Beauvue equalised in the 86th minute before Moustapha Diallo struck to make it three wins in a row.

Nice might also have moved above OM, but they suffered a 1-0 loss away to the ten men of Bastia.

Sebastien Squillaci's solitary strike was enough to seal all three points for Frederic Hantz's men, despite them playing more than half an hour with 10 men after the 58th-minute dismissal of Gianni Bruno.

Nice were also reduced to 10 four minutes from time with Mahamane Traore booked for a second time.

Rennes ran riot on the road as they thrased Toulouse 5-0 to end a four-match losing run in spectacular fashion.

Goals from Romain Alessandrini, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Foued Kadir saw Rennes 3-0 up a the break and a second-half brace from Nelson Oliveira completed the rout.

The result sees Rennes leapfrog their opponents in the Ligue 1 table and move up to eighth.

Rock-bottom Valenciennes went down 1-0 at home to Evian thanks to Moudou Sougou's 82nd-minute winner, while Lorient beat fellow strugglers Sochaux 2-1 to ease away from trouble, taking control with goals in either half from Vincent Aboubakar and Yann Jouffre before Cedric Bakambu's late reply for the visitors.

On Friday, Nolan Roux struck just before the break as Lille claimed a 1-0 victory over 10-man Nantes.


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