Still undefeated this season, PSG, OM and Lens chained another victory this weekend and continue to prance at the top of the championship. Behind, some teams have revived, like Monaco, which beats Lyon and goes back to seventh place. Here is everything you need to remember from the 7th day of Ligue 1.
Lens is more than just a summer hit. The Sang et Or recorded their 5th victory of the season in seven days when Troyes came to Bollaert (1-0) on Friday evening to temporarily take the lead in the standings. The deliverance came from the head of Kevin Danso upon receiving a free kick from Przemyslaw Frankowski just before the break (41st). If the Lensois have not managed to take shelter, this new success for Franck Haise’s men proves that they will have to be counted on in the race for the podium. It’s up to them to continue their momentum, next Sunday, on the lawn of Nantes.
PSG got scared. At the Parc des Princes, the capital club struggled on Saturday to overcome Brest (1-0). If Neymar, once again decisive this season, logically opened the scoring half an hour into the game (30th), the Parisians did not manage to make the break and remained under threat from the Breton formation. The Brestois also had several situations, especially in the second half, to pick up the score. But Christophe Galtier’s men can thank Gianluigi Donnarumma, decisive on his line, even repelling a penalty from Islam Slimani (70e). Still undefeated this season, in all competitions, Paris sits at the top of the League thanks to a better goal difference than OM (+21 against +11) before moving on Wednesday to the lawn of Maccabi Haifa in the League of champions.
This Olympique de Marseille does not give up. Led on their ground by Lille, the Olympian club overthrew, this Saturday evening, the Dogues (2-1) to stay in contact with PSG at the top of the championship. Three days after their defeat in the Champions League against Tottenham (2-0), the Phocaeans were surprised after less than a quarter of a game by Ismaily (12th). But Igor Tudor’s men have resources and Alexis Sanchez, author of his 4e goal, tied the two teams just before the half-hour mark (26e). And Samuel Gigot, on the verge of offside, offered victory to his team (61st). With this new success, OM confirmed their excellent start with 19 points from a possible 21 and prepared perfectly for the already crucial reception of Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday in the Champions League.
New poor performance for Strasbourg. Still looking for its first victory of the season, the Alsatian club was hooked, this Sunday, at home by Clermont (0-0). Julien Stephan’s men had several dangerous chances, but Adrien Thomasson (29e) and Maxime Le Marchand (45e), excluded at the very end of the match, touched the crossbar. If Strasbourg struggles to take off, Clermont confirms its start to the championship, consolidating its place in the first part of the table. Racing will try to win its first success next weekend on the lawn of Montpellier, while Clermont will host Troyes.
Good for the Eagles. Nice returned to victory in Ajaccio thanks to a splendid goal from Andy Delort on an acrobatic return (65th). The Niçois, too inconsistent this season, remained on a defeat against Monaco and a draw against Cologne in the Europa League Conference, punctuated by violent outbursts from supporters. This success replaces Nice (12th), while the promoted Ajaccio (1 pt), still weaned from victory, remains red lantern.
After three consecutive defeats, Toulouse needed a success to stop the bleeding. It’s done with this victory against Stade de Reims. The deliverance came through Zakaria Aboukhlal half an hour into the game. The Moroccan scored his second goal of the season and gave TFC a breath of fresh air, which moved up to 10th place. For their part, the Rémois, who recorded their third defeat of the season, are 16th.
First Angevin victory of the season! After the slap received by Lyon (5-0) a week earlier, SCO Angers won against Montpellier (2-1) and signed their first success after six games. And yet, everything had not started well on the lawn of Raymond-Kopa since it was the Héraultais who first found the opening through Nordin (7th). But Angers quickly reacted by Hunou (9th) before taking the advantage on a penalty converted by Boufal (69th). In the standings, the SCO, still 19th, blows a little and takes a four-point lead over the red lantern, Ajaccio.
Lorient is continuing its very good start to the season. The Bretons, winners of Lyon in a late match on Wednesday, won against Nantes (3-2), this Sunday at Moustoir. Les Merlus, who conceded the opener by Ganago (13th), then took the upper hand thanks to Ouattara (19th), Cathline (60th) and Kone (74th). Nantes, winners of Olympiakos in the Europa League on Thursday, reduced the mark by Simon (85th). In the standings, Lorient is in the Top 5 for the moment, Nantes is in 15th place.
Rennes is recovering in the best possible way. After a draw in Troyes last week, the Bretons feasted against Auxerre on Sunday (5-0). At home, in a packed Roazhon Park, Bruno Génésio’s men quickly took the lead with a goal from Suleimana (3rd). Faced with overwhelmed Auxerrois, it will still be necessary to wait for the second period to see the offensive festival of Rennais. Gouiri (60th), Terrier (78th), Tait (78th) then Abline (85th) in turn sealed the score for the Bretons, now seventh (AJA is 14th), who perfectly prepared the reception of the Turks from Fenerbahçe Istanbul Thursday in the Europa League.
Beaten by Troyes and Lens in their last two league matches at home, Monaco returned to victory at the Louis-II stadium by beating Lyon 2-1 on Sunday evening in the closing match of the 7th day of Ligue 1.
The Monegasques, who moved up to seventh place, logically led 2-0 thanks to two headed goals from Benoît Badiashile (55th) and Guillermo Maripan (63rd), but OL (5th) finished much stronger than he had only started and reduced the score by Karl Toko Ekambi (81st), before creating several chances to equalize at the end of the match.