Monaco power past Montpellier, Lorient win

Frenchman Emmanuel Riviere stole his Colombian team-mate Radamel Falcao's thunder on Sunday as his hat-trick carried Monaco into joint top spot in Ligue 1 with a 4-1 defeat of Montpellier.

Claudio Ranieri's side followed up their opening day's 2-0 victory over Bordeaux to move up to six points alongside Lyon, Saint-Etienne and Marseille and second on goal difference.

On a glorious afternoon on the Côte d'Azur, hosts Monaco took the lead on 18 minutes when Lucas Ocampos took off on a weaving run before being hacked down in the box by Siaka Tiene, leaving the referee little option but to point to the spot.

Falcao stepped up and sent Montpellier goalkeeper Laurent Pionnier the wrong way as he made it two goals from two matches since his transfer to the Principality club from Atletico Madrid.

The lead lasted just six minutes when a second Colombian, this time Victor Hugo Montano, got the better of defenders Ricardo Carvalho and Eric Abidal before powering home a header from a fine cross from Benjamin Stambouli on the right wing.

The 2004 UEFA Champions League finalists then went back in front on the stroke of half-time when Riviere chipped the ball over the on rushing Pionnier, leaving the keeper no chance.

Riviere then gave Ranieri's men a cushion 12 minutes after the break when he kneed the ball home following a corner from Yannick Ferreira Carrasco before the 2012 champions had Congre sent off on 63 minutes.

Riviere completed his hat-trick with nine minutes left. It was his seventh goal in seven matches for the 23-year-old when playing against Montpellier in Ligue 1.

PSG sneak late point
Edinson Cavani, the French league's most expensive player of all time, saved Paris Saint-Germain from a humiliating defeat with a late goal on his debut to snatch a 1-1 draw against Ajaccio on Sunday.

Laurent Blanc was handing a first start to Cavani, who joined PSG from Napoli for €64m - the 26-year-old Uruguayan lining up in a dream strike partnership with Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Yet it was modest Ajaccio who took control with their first attack when Benoit Pedretti curled the ball in to the far corner from outside the box on nine minutes.

Ajaccio then had to dig deep as PSG went on the attack, but the Corsican visitors held firm until Cavani levelled with just four minutes left on the clock. The new arrival sent the Parc des Princes fans wild when running onto Hervin Ongenda's pass, and firing into the top corner.

Lorient edge Nantes
Later, Lorient came back from a goal down to defeat newly promoted Nantes 2-1.

Olivier Veigneau gave Nantes a 17th minute lead with a spectacular strike that began as a cross from the left but flew over the head of Lorient keeper Fabien Audard and into the far corner.

Christian Gourcuff's side were back on level terms six minutes before half-time when new Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar opened his scoring account with a clean finish from point blank range.

Lorient then took the lead for good on 61 minutes when 30-year-old Frenchman Jeremie Aliadiere found the top corner from a free-kick that Canaries keeper Remy Riou will feel he might have kept out.