Trio share lead as OM lose again
Marseille's start to the 2010/11 Ligue 1 went from bad to worse tonight as they went down 3-2 at Valenciennes. A week after losing their opening fixture to top-flight newcomers Caen, the reigning champions conceded three times in 15 minutes early in the second half to go 3-0 down. Gregory Pujol added a double to Gael Danic's 47th-minute opener and, although OM responded with Taye Taiwo's penalty and an Andre Ayew effort late on, it was insufficient.
Striker Mamadou Niang was playing his last game for Marseille, who confirmed after the match he was joining Turkish giants Fenerbahce. The victory sent Valenciennes joint-top of the table, on four points alongside Rennes and Nice.
Rennes tore ten-man Nancy apart with an impressive second-half display to win 3-0. The first period finished goalless but Victor Montano, Yacine Brahimi and Yann M'Vila were on target after the interval as Les Rouges et Noirs went on the rampage.
Nancy's job was made harder by the fact they had to play all but 13 minutes of the match with ten men after Alfred N'Diaye was sent off for a professional foul on Montano.
Remy, Perrin and Pollet earn plaudits
In-demand striker Loic Remy grabbed the second-half winner as Nice secured a 2-1 win at Lorient. The hosts went ahead on ten minutes when a corner reached Yann Jouffre, who was positioned 20 yards from goal and struck a low shot into the bottom-right corner.
But the lead lasted just a minute, as Ismael Gace headed Anthony Mounier's corner past Lionel Cappone for a swift equaliser, and Remy's close-range finish in the 69th minute completed the turnaround.
Saint-Etienne bounced back from an opening-day defeat away to Paris Saint-Germain by beating Sochaux 3-2 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. The home side made the perfect start as Boubacar Sanogo gave them a seventh-minute lead, and they were 3-0 up by the 64th minute thanks to two goals from Loic Perrin. Sochaux fought back with quick-fire goals from Ryad Boudebouz and Marvin Martin, but Les Verts held on for three points.
Substitute David Pollet scored with his first touch as Lens won 1-0 away to Ligue 1 new boys Arles-Avignon, while Monaco's match at home to Montpellier was postponed due to torrential rain.