Both Bordeaux and St Etienne recorded their second victories of the season on Sunday and went to the top of the Ligue 1 table.
Bordeaux defeated Monaco 4-1 at home whilst St Etienne defeated Reims 3-1. In the other game of the day, Montpeiller defeated Marseille 2-0 at the Stade Velodrome.
Bordeaux go top thanks to goal difference after a comprehensive win against least season’s runners-up. Dimitar Berbatov scored the opening goal on the stroke of half-time, completing a smooth passing move which started in defence. The former Manchester United and Fulham man got his first of the season after heading in Valere Germain’s deep cross.
Willy Sagnol’s side didn’t waste any time from the restart, scoring four minutes into the second half. Diego Rolan tapped in from inside the six-yard box after Diego Contento had headed Julien Faubert’s cross back across goal. Emiliano Sala converted a penalty on the hour mark, sending the 'keeper the wrong way after Wahbi Khazri had been sent sprawling after a challenge from Monaco’s Aymen Abdennour.
Rolan got his second of the game five minutes later, prodding the ball in from less than two yards after Lamine Sane’s flick on from a free-kick. The goal was fortunate to stand as Rolan looked in an offside position in the replays. Khazri added gloss to the scoreline, scoring the second penalty of the match after he was wiped out by Danjiel Subasic on the edge of the box after a poor back pass from the Monaco defence.
The defeat leaves Monaco second bottom of the table, with two defeats from two game. Only propped Evian - who have a worse goal difference - are below them now.
St Etienne victory
St Etienne also had to come from a goal down at half-time to produce their 3-1 victory. Reims - who had put in a fantastic performance against champions PSG last week to draw 2-2 - got off to another strong start, taking the lead just shy of the 30 minute mark.
Benjamin Moukandjo’s shot took a deflection of captain Loic Perrin to nestle in the corner of Stephan Ruffier’s goal. A stunning free-kick from Max Gradel on the hour levelled the game, before Kevin Monnet-Paquet's headed finish gave Le Verts the lead ten minutes later.
Mevlut Erding completed the scoring with nine minutes left with his third goal of the season, making him the club's current leading marksman.
Marseille still winless
Marseille remain without a win after their 2-0 defeat to 2011/12 champions Montpeiller. Montpeiller opened the scoring after a cheeky lobbed effort from Anthony Mounier caught Steve Mandanda off guard in the Marseille goal.
Mounier evaded the offside trap expertly after a lovely through-ball from defender Abdelhamid El Kaoutari. Mounier then turned provided for the second goal in the second half with Morgan Sanson benefitting from a lovely square ball after Montpeiller caught Marseille on the counter attack. Marseille currently sit 15th, with Montpeiller four places ahead in 11th.
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