Bordeaux extend lead at top of Ligue 1

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Bordeaux made it three victories from three to go clear at the top of Ligue 1 with a 3-1 win over Nice last weekend. In the other Ligue 1 games played on Saturday it was Lille, Caen and Montpeiller who secured their second wins of the campaign, whilst Claude Makelele claimed his first victory of his managerial career.

Bordeaux manager Willy Sagnol has had a fantastic start to his first job in management after leading his side to the top of the table. However, they had to survive a nervous final ten minutes after the sending off of Cheick Diabate.

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Bordeaux continue fine start

Nice had taken the lead after a stunning strike from Alexy Bosetti, hitting the ball with the outside of his foot, curling it past Cedric Carrasso in the Bordeaux goal from outside the box.

A penalty from Diabate levelled the score before the scorer became creator for the second just after the break. A cross from Mariano was controlled by Diabate before he managed to roll the ball into the path of Nicolas Maurice-Belay to smash into the bottom corner.

With Nice pushing for an equaliser, Sagnol’s side caught them on the counter attack, with Gregory Sertic finishing the move off,curling the ball past Mouez Hassen, who was left helpless.

Chasing pack record identical wins

Lille, Caen and Montpeiller are all hot on the heels of top dogs Bordeaux though  after they all won 2-0. Lille dispatched of Lorient thanks to a driven strike from the edge of the box from Johnathon Delaplace and a Simon Kjaer free kick that took a wicked deflection off Lorient striker Gilles Sunu.

Lille were dominant, recording 62% of possession. They will be hoping to turn in a similar performance on Tuesday in Portugal against Porto.

Caen were 2-0 victors over Reims, who have struggled to turn strong defensive displays into results. Herve Bazile set up the first and scored the second as Caen took advantage of some tired legs in the Reims defence in the final moments of the game.

Bazile’s cut back across the area found N’golo Kante lurking on the edge of the box, who buried the ball into the bottom corner. Substitute Bazile put the game beyond Reims in the first minute of extra time. Bangaly-Fode Koita evaded the offside trap before laying the ball to Bazile who tapped in from inside the six yard box.

Makelele off the mark

Montpeiller overcame Metz thanks to a Siake Tiene free kick which just squeezed past Johann Carrasso and a Souleymane Camera header with only seconds of the 90 minutes remaining. The wins sees Montpeiller leap up to fifth while Metz are only two places off the bottom, still looking for the first win of the campaign.

Bastia and Marseille both did what Metz couldn’t do and recorded their first win of the season. Claude Makelele’s first managerial win came courtesy of a Ryan Boudebouz penalty to give them a 1-0 win over Toulouse. Marseille scored moments after the start of the second half, with some nice build-up play ending in Andre-Pierre Gignac’s third goal of the campaign. His volley was thumped into the ground beyond the Guingamp keeper. The goal was enough to give Marseille a 1-0 victory and propel them into the top half of the table.

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