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In-form trio stay unbeaten

16th September 2012, 10:59pm

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Dejan Lovren: Opened the scoring for Lyon

Dejan Lovren: Opened the scoring for Lyon

A review of the weekend's action in the French Ligue 1, as Lyon and Lorient preserved their unbeaten starts.

Lyon maintained their perfect record at Stade Gerland this season with a routine 2-0 win over Ajaccio on Sunday.

Dejan Lovren and Lisandro Lopez scored the goals as Les Gones stretched their unbeaten start to the Ligue 1 campaign to five matches.

It took them 25 minutes to break the deadlock when Clement Grenier swung in a corner which drew the keeper off his line and allowed Lovren to nod into an empty net.

The points were sealed with 15 minutes to go when Jimmy Briand broke down the right before flicking the ball to Steed Malbranque, who in turn picked out Lopez for the Argentinian forward to side-foot home.

Lorient also preserved their unbeaten start with a 2-1 victory at Rennes in a controversial affair which saw three players sent off.

Two goals from Alain Traore put the visitors in the driving seat but that was tempered by red cards for Maxine Baca and goalkeeper Fabien Audard.

Rennes replied through Jonathan Pitroipa but they also finished the match a man down with Cheick Diarra given his marching orders.

Marseille also continued their perfect start to the season as Jordan Ayew's second-half goal earned them a hard-fought 1-0 win at Nancy.

OM had won all four of their games coming into the game and shaded a nip-and-tuck affairt, with Ayew's strike enough to see off a Nancy side teetering just above the drop zone at this early stage.

They did little to suggest that will be changing any time soon, with Elie Baup's Marseille doing all the running until their goal, which finally woke Nancy up.

Sochaux picked up their first victory of the season after beating St Etienne 1-0 at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard on Saturday.

Thierry Doubai's overhead kick after 75 minutes won the game for the visitors after the hosts had to play 80 minutes with 10 men due to Jonathan Brison being shown a straight red card.

The visitors also picked up their first victory in the capital of the Loire region in 13 attempts.

Nice also enjoyed their first win of the campaign, overcoming Brest 4-2 after a dominant second-half display.

A lacklustre first half was soon forgotten once the second period began, with Camel Meriem, Nemanja Pejcinovic, Eric Bautheac and Valentin Eysseric all finding the target for the home side.

Jonathan Ayite and Paul Baysse replied for Brest but the damage had already been done by that stage.

Evian picked up their first win of the season at the fifth time of asking as everything clicked in a 3-0 victory against Bastia.

Pascal Dupraz's side put on a show at the Parc des Sports, opening the scoring through Cedric Barbosa, with the same player putting the cap on it with 13 minutes left after Yannick Sagbo had netted a second.

Troyes' search for a first win of the campaign will go on after they played out a 1-1 draw with Lille.

Things could have been worse for the hosts, who trailed for much of the match to Dimitri Payet's first-half strike.

However, substitute Sebastian Grax came to the rescue in the final few minutes to secure only the second point of the season for Troyes.

Bordeaux boss Francis Gillot's call for his side to take more of their chances fell on deaf ears as they were held to a goalless draw at Valenciennes.

Gillot had been happy with his team's unbeaten start but urged them be more ruthless in front of goal, only to watch them draw a blank.

By the finish, he might have been grateful just to get a point as Valenciennes enjoyed the better of the game and came closest to breaking the deadlock with a Rudy Mater effort that crashed back off the crossbar.

On Friday night Paris St Germain never had to find top gear as they cruised to a 2-0 victory against Toulouse to maintain their unbeaten Ligue 1 record this season.

Javier Pastore's lobbed goal after a Marco Verratti through-ball gave the home side a half-time lead at the Parc des Princes.

And Zlatan Ibrahimovic ensured their second-half dominance was rewarded with a second goal, rounding off a wonderful counter-attack to seal the win.

In Friday night's other game, Montpellier's woeful start to the Ligue 1 season continued as the defending champions crashed to a 3-1 defeat at newly-promoted Reims.

Diego Rigonato, Christopher Glombard and Gaetan Courtet were the scorers for the home side, with the only reply coming from the boot of Remy Cabella.

The result means Montpellier, who begin their Champions League campaign against Arsenal in midweek, have won just one of their opening five matches and sit on four points - three worse off than their opponents.

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