Pastore inspires PSG, Rennes rebound

Record-signing Javier Pastore scored two goals as big-spending Paris Saint-Germain came from behind to record a timely 3-1 victory at Toulouse.

Having fallen behind to a first-half header from Etienne Capoue, PSG levelled in the 57th minute when record signing Pastore released Kevin Gameiro to lift the ball past Toulouse goalkeeper Ali Ahamada.

Pastore was then thwarted by Ahamada, but in the last minute the Argentinian rolled a pass into the box for Mevlut Erding to prod home from 12 yards. The Turkish international also set up the visitors' third goal for Jeremy Menez in injury time.

Victory represented an important result for PSG coach Antoine Kombouare after sealing a 2-1 win over Valenciennes last weekend. It also took PSG up to third place in the table, two points behind leaders Montpellier and above Toulouse on goal difference.

It was a huge performance from our players.
Antoine Kombouare, PSG manager

"In open play, Toulouse hadn't conceded a goal in nine matches. Tonight we scored three," said Kombouare. "It was a huge performance from our players. I congratulate them because they went in search of a thoroughly deserved victory."

Rennes edge Caen
Rennes got their league campaign back on track by beating Caen 3-2 to record their first home win of the campaign.

Defeated 4-0 by Montpellier last weekend, but victors by the same scoreline against Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Europa League, Rennes took the lead in the fifth minute when Razak Boukari headed in Julien Feret's deflected free-kick.

Further goals from Jires Kembo Ekoko and Kader Mangane put the hosts 3-0 up at the break, but Caen reduced the arrears in the second half through Thomas Heurtaux and Frederic Bulot.

Sochaux reacted to their Europa League elimination at the hands of Metalist Kharkiv by beating Saint-Etienne 2-1 thanks to a double from Algerian international Ryad Boudebouz. Saint-Etienne's mood was worsened when Paulao was sent off in the second half.