PSG, Lyon made to settle for a point
A last-minute goal denied Paris Saint-Germain their first win of the new Ligue 1 season as Jonathan Pitroipa bagged a point for hosts Rennes in a 1-1 draw.
PSG looked as if they would belatedly get their season into gear and take all three points after a Kevin Gameiro goal gave the capital club a 73rd-minute lead.
However, Burkina Faso striker Pitroipa's breakaway effort right at the death, firing beyond goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, ensured that the Parisians dropped vital points again on the heels of last week's 1-0 home loss to Gameiro's old side Lorient.
Prior to Pitroipa's late intervention Gameiro appeared to have done enough to seal victory as he neatly finished after Jeremy Menez had crossed into the box for PSG's first goal in five years at Rennes.
PSG coach Antoine Kombouare expressed his frustrations after the match: "I have mixed feelings - the first feeling being one of disappointment as the win was there for the taking with just a couple of minutes left. We have to be more solid and less naive. But you learn from your mistakes and I hope this is the first and the last time."
"Secondly, I can draw great satisfaction in that we showed we have the makings of a side - we were solid and disciplined."
PSG, who have spent €80 million over the summer in a bid to chase down a first league title since 1994, were not the only top side kicking themselves over dropped points as Lyon also had to settle for a share of the spoils in a 1-1 stalemate with promoted side Ajaccio.
Argentinian forward Lisandro Lopez saved Lyon's blushes with an 83rd-minute leveller after Frederic Sammaritano had put their Corsican visitors ahead on the hour. The point, added to an opening day win at Nice, left Lyon on four points sharing joint fourth spot with Rennes.
Trio set pace
It is Toulouse, Caen and former giants Saint-Etienne who are setting the pace, though, after the trio all recorded their second win in as many games.
Toulouse, winners at Ajaccio last weekend, saw off promoted Dijon 2-0 with Turk Umut Bulut and Paulo Machado - from the penalty spot - both on target, while a last-minute goal from Sylvain Marchal gave Saint-Etienne, buoyant after a shock win at Bordeaux, a 1-0 win over Nancy.
Caen, meanwhile, had goals from Romain Hamouna and Pierre-Alain Frau to thank for a 2-1 success at Sochaux. It was an emotional return for Frau, who won the title last season with Lille only to not have his contract renewed. The 31-year-old was a big Sochaux favourite earlier in his career before going on to win the league with Lyon and then with Lille.
Elsewhere, Lorient held Bordeaux 1-1, while Valenciennes and Brest battled out a 0-0 draw. On Sunday's menu, champions Lille host Montpellier, Marseille play Auxerre, while Evian take on Nice.