French Ligue 1: Giants fail to to grab the necessary points

Lyon suffered a tough and surprising loss to Toulouse. The scapegoat? Swede Kim Kallstrom’s ejection in the 35th minute.  Fellow Swede and Toulouse striker Johan Elmander provided the dramatic, 90th minute strike to beat the defending champions. To add insult to injury, reliable veterans Cris and Sidney Govou both left the game with injuries.

Paris St-Germain was held to a 0-0 draw by a scrappy, but evenly-matched Racing Lens side. Lens’ new coach Guy Roux enjoyed his home debut but was given the run-around by PSG midfielder Jeremy Clement who sparked an otherwise lackluster offense. Nothing came from it and both sides settled with the draw. Lens’ received another promising performance from Kanga Akale.

Marseille were held to a deadlock draw by Stade Rennais, marking their second scoreless draw in a row.

Saint Etienne made its’ presence known as highly coveted Pascal Feinduono struck twice in a 3-1 win over last-year’s surprise Valenciennes. Johan Audel, last week’s player of the week, had the consolation goal but les Verts offensive firepower overwhelmed the piecemeal Valenciennes defense.

Lorient received the necessary offensive support from Rafik Saifi to beat Monaco 2-1 at home. His brace grabbed a vital three points for their quest to escape midtable mediocrity. The goals came early and forced Monaco to rush to equalize, unsuccessfully…with his performance, the Algerian midfielder grabs CHI’s Ligue One Player of the Week.

Bordeaux beat Auxerre 2-0 thanks Brazilian Wendel’s brace. The highlight, however, was the fact that Toifilou Maoulida’s double penalty miss. Maoulida had a chance in each half to counter Wendel’s brace but he missed both opportunities. New Bordeaux boss and WC 1998 star Laurent Blanc has started this Ligue One season with favorable results – 2 wins out of 2.

Other results:

Le Mans 3, Sochaux 1 – two wins to start the season as Le Mans sits at the top of the table for now

Nancy 1, Caen 0 – found an answer to snuff out the effect of Yohan Gouffran and to seal the victory for another win in as many tries

Nice 1, Strasbourg 0 – late strike from Hognon seals the win

League Standings

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