Monaco recorded their first win of season at Nantes on Sunday whilst Lyon and St Etienne struggled after their midweek European efforts.
On a day that only produced two goals in Ligue 1, it was no surprise to hear that this weekend saw the lowest tally since halfway through the 2010/11 season.
Monaco’s 1-0 win away at Nantes saw the return to the starting lineup of Radamel Falcao, who has been linked away from the French side for most of the summer.
His return from serious injury was made even sweeter when he scored his second of the season, his first from open play. With Nantes looking for a decisive goal just before half time, they were dispossessed outside the Monaco area.
A quick counter attack ensured, with the Colombian remaining unmarked for most of the build-up. A deep cross from Layvin Kurzawa found Falcao a yard ahead of his marker and he dived in to head the ball past Maxime Dupe in the Nantes goal.
Nantes missed a penalty in the 23rd minute and they had the better chances in the second half, rattling the crossbar and coaxing two fantastic saves out of Danijel Subasic. The home side’s lack of clinical finishing meant that all three points went to Monaco, which lifts them away from the bottom of the table.
Lyon v Lens
Lyon were hoping to bounce back from their shock Europa League qualifying to defeat with a result against one of the league’s new boys Lens, who were looking for their first points of the season.
After a difficult pre-season, Lens have struggled to adapt to the top flight and before the game had yet to score a goal. However, 11 minutes into the game, that all changed. Lalaina Nomenjanahary scored the club’s first league goal of the season after the ball went from one end of the pitch to the other in seconds.
Lyon’s attack was cut out by the defence, with the clearance landing at the feet of Adamo Coulibaly. His superb through-ball caught the Lyon defence off guard, before Yoann Touzghar squared the ball for Nomenjanahary, who was aided by Bakary Kone completely missing the ball whilst attempting to clear his lines. It was the third consecutive defeat for Lyon as their miserable start to the season continues.
St Etienne only had two shots on target as they failed to join Bordeaux at the top of the table, ending their winning streak in the league. In a game deprived of chances against Rennes , neither side looked capable of taking all three points. The best chance of the game fell to the league’s top scorer, Mevlut Erding, who missed his penalty, hitting it straight at the keeper.