Bordeaux move second as PSG win thriller
Saturday night's action saw important home wins for Bordeaux, PSG and Nantes, as well as an away win for Nice and a bumper crop of 18 goals.
Saturday October 18, 2008
FC Girondins de Bordeaux / Toulouse FC : 2 - 1
Bordeaux produced an impressive first-half display to beat in-form local rivals Toulouse 2-1, and leapfrog them into provisional second place on the L1 table.
Les Girondins went ahead in the 20th minute when rising star Yoann Gourcuff turned the TFC defence inside out before slotting home past Cédric Carrasso. Gourcuff was also at the heart of Bordeaux's second, nodding down for David Bellion to pounce powerfully as he did so frequently last season.
Despite coming closer to living up to expectations in the first half, Bordeaux dipped somewhat after the break, allowing their opponents more of the ball. But Toulouse lacked precision in their play and in the end Capoue's stoppage time strike after a strong initial save from Ramé was just a consolation.
This represents high-flying Toulouse's first loss since their defeat away to champions Lyon in Week 1.
Paris Saint-Germain / FC Lorient : 3 - 2
Paris Saint-Germain staged a come-from-behind win at home to Lorient with a late goal from substitute Loris Arnaud.
Lorient took the lead early through Algeria international Rafik Saïfi, later subbed off with a shoulder injury, and despite an equaliser from Fabrice Pancrate led 1-2 at the break thanks to former PSG junior Fabrice Abriel's scrambled effort in the 38th minute.
Paris reacted strongly in the second half, getting back on even terms through giant striker Guillaume Hoarau's header three minutes after the break. The Parisians had the better of the ensuing action, clinching the three points within minutes of the final whistle.
Makeshift left-back Jérôme Rothen, released into space deep on the left by Mateja Kezman, delivered a sweet far-post cross for substitute Loris Arnaud to head home and clinch the much-needed home victory.
Paris now sits in provisional 8th place in the league standings, with Lorient slipping dangerously into the relegation zone.
FC Nantes / AS Saint-Etienne : 1 - 0
Nantes took all three points in a reassuring home win over Saint-Etienne at the Stade de la Beaujoire.
Christian Bekamenga, forgotten by the St-Etienne defence, latched onto a quickly played corner to rifle past Viviani in the 28th minute for the only goal of the match and his second in as many starts.
After a troubled start to the season, Nantes now have three wins from their last four matches and climb to 14th on the L1 table.
SM Caen / Grenoble Foot 38 : 2 - 2
Caen and Grenoble slugged out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Stade Michel D'Ornano.
Grenoble took the lead when Nassim Akrour capped off some excellent team play with a delightful chip over Caen 'keeper Vincent Planté, but Caen bounced back straight away through Steve Savidan, who fired home from the spot before setting up Nicolas Florentin to take the lead in the 58th minute.
Daniel Moriera evened things up in the 74th minute, clinching a draw that sees Caen slip one place to 11th while Grenoble slides up to 9th.
AS Monaco FC / OGC Nice : 1 - 2
With both of the Côte d'Azur sides looking for a first win in several weeks, bragging rights and a precious three points were at stake as Monaco hosted Nice at the Stade Louis II.
The lively local derby saw tthe woodwork rattled on several occasions throughout the match, but in the end the visitors were too strong, winning 1-2 with goals from Habib Bamogo and Emerse Fae.
Despite getting back on even terms through Leandro Cufré's first-half penalty, Monaco couldn't hold the visitors out and slip to 15th place while a buoyant Nice take 6th.
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard / Havre AC : 1 - 1
Bottom of the table Le Havre took the fight to Sochaux in an entertaining match that would have seen more goals had it not been for strong performances from both 'keepers.
Sochaux's Teddy Richert was the first to crack however when Amadou Alassane slotted home just before the break to give the visitors a glimpse of their first win of the season.
Sochaux coach Francis Gillot responded by changing his attacking line at half time, a move that paid dividends when Valter Birsa nutmegged heroic Le Havre 'keeper Christophe Revault in the 72nd minute to secure a draw that does little for each side's league standing, with Sochaux still in 19th place and the valiant visitors still propping up the table.