Monaco go top, Saint-Etienne win

Newly promoted Monaco went top of Ligue 1 after coming from behind to defeat Marseille 2-1 in a thrilling encounter at the Velodrome on Sunday.

The home side took the lead on the stroke of half-time when a Mathieu Valbuena corner from the left was headed home by Brazil defender Lucas Mendes for his first goal in the French top flight on 43 minutes.

However, the lead was short lived as Monaco took advantage of some sloppy Marseille defending to equalise through Colombia record signing Radamel Falcao who crashed the ball home three minutes inside the second half for his third goal of the season.

Frenchman Emmanuel Riviere then stole the headlines with 11 minutes left as he latched onto a sweet through ball from Portugual midfielder Joao Moutinho before slotting the ball past former French No1 Steeve Mandanda. It was Riviere's league leading fifth goal of the season.

Falcao came off with just over 15 minutes left with a right ankle problem although details of the injury remain uncertain.

Saint-Etienne bounced back from their midweek UEFA Europa League disappointment to beat Bordeaux 2-1 at home while Montpellier came back twice to force a 2-2 draw against fellow southerners Nice.

At the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium where Saint-Etienne crashed out in the play-off round on Thursday, losing to Danish side Esbjerg 5-3 on aggregate, Sunday was another matter as goals from Romain Hamouma and captain Loic Perrin ensured there was no European hangover for Christophe Galtier's side.

Meanwhile, Nice played their last home match at the Stade du Ray before moving into a new venue but despite leading 1-0 and 2-1, Claude Puel's men were pegged back by the 2012 champions in an entertaining 2-2 draw.