Ligue 1 round-up: Marseille, PSG & Lyon fail to win


There was a host of late goals in Round 2 of the French first division as Lyon rescued a point against Ajaccio while PSG surrendered a lead late on against Rennes

Lorient 1-1 Bordeaux

The opening half failed to produce any goals but there was a constant threat following several challenges that the game could boil over. The match entered its final period before the drama ensued, with Bordeaux finding themselves reduced to 10 men following Gregory Sertic's second bookable offence. Yann Jouffre then struck what many thought to be the match winner on 82 minutes, only for Carlos Henrique to equalise in injury time.

Lyon 1-1 AC Ajaccio

Lyon struggled to extend their unbeaten home record to 16 games as they were pushed hard by a brave Ajaccio side. The first-half was played out with neither side troubling the scorers, but the home fans were stunned into silence on the hour mark when Frederic Sammaritanoscored the game's opening goal. The Lyon fans were rewarded with their continuous support when Lisandro Lopez headed home from six yards to become the night's hero.

Rennes 1-1 Paris St. Germain

Paris St. Germain failed to win for the second consecutive week after throwing away a one-goal advantage with two minutes left to play. Les Parisiens looked brighter of the two sides, after a dull first-half and took a deserved lead through Kevin Gameiro following impressive work from summer signing Jeremy Menez. But Jonathan Pitroipa scored late on to level the game.

Sochaux 1-2 Caen

Caen were accredited with the sole goal of the opening 45-minutes in the seven Ligue 1 games on Saturday when Romain Hamouma scored from 12 yards after 15 minutes. Sochaux found themselves further behind midway through the second-half after Pierre-Alain Frau found himself unmarked to turn home Kandia Traore's headed pass. A late Ryad Boudebouz strike meant it was to be a nervy final minutes for Caen but they held on to secure their second win of the campaign.

Saint-Etienne 1-0 Nancy

The late drama in Ligue 1 continued throughout the fixture list as Saint-Etienne stole all three points in a lacklustre tie against Nancy ending Jean Fernandez's five-match unbeaten run.Sylvain Marchal scored the game's only goal after 87 minutes following a well-worked set-piece allowing the defender to crash home from close range.

Toulouse 2-0 Dijon

Umut Bulut scored the game's opening goal in a tense affair at the Municipal Stadium as Toulouse secured their second win of the season to ensure they continued their 100 per cent start to the season. A late Machad Paulo penalty sealed all three points for the home side after Franck Tabanou had been felled in the area.

Valenciennes 0-0 Stade Brestois

The last match of the day followed the trend set by the majority of the games that preceded it, with neither side able to score in the opening half despite several chances for both teams. This continued throughout the entire match as Stade Brestois defended solidly to earn a point against a Valenciennes side unable to break down the opposition's defence.

Auxerre 2-2 Marseille

After going in at the break 2-0 down, Auxerre staged a fine recovery to earn a point against Marseille. Headers from Loic Remy and Andre Ayew seemed to have put the visiting side out of reach, but AJA dominated the second period and hit back through Alain Traore andRoy Contout.

Evian 1-0 Nice

Big spending Evian picked up their first ever Ligue 1 point against Nice, with a second half goal from Saber Khelifa the difference between the two sides. The visitors had the better of the first period, but they failed to strike, with new signing Fabrice Abriel missing a glorious chance. Khelifa's desire led him to score on 50 minutes, and though there was plenty of fight from Eric Roy's side, there would be no levelling goal.



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