Auxerre, Bordeaux off the mark
Auxerre and Bordeaux finally got off the mark on Saturday, achieving their first wins of the Ligue 1 season. Hosts Auxerre dominated new boys Ajaccio 4-1, while Bordeaux came from behind to secure a 2-1 win at Valenciennes.
Laurent Fournier's side climbed from 16th to eighth in the table as a result of their three points. An Alain Traore double put Auxerre on the road to success against visiting Ajaccio despite being hit by an injury to Israeli striker Ben Sahar, who was taken off the field after 24 minutes.
Auxerre's domination paid off as Kamel Chafni found the net ten minutes before the break with Traore getting a second on 74 minutes, blasting in a free-kick from 20 metres out. The Burkinabe midfielder claimed his second minutes later to go top of the Ligue 1 scorers chart with five goals.
Ajaccio got one back three minutes later through Araujo Ilan before Anthony Le Tallec headed in Auxerre's fourth on 90 minutes.
Bordeaux beat Valenciennes
Bordeaux's new coach Francis Gillot could finally breathe a sigh of relief as his side move up to ninth. Midfielder Mathieu Dossevi put Valenciennes ahead after 26 minutes, but the hosts then missed three chances to put the match out of reach.
Dossevi missed two further chances after 71 and 86 mintues with David Ducourtioux also proving clumsy in front of Cedric Carrasso in the Bordeaux goal.
Bordeaux came through thanks to two substitutes - Abdou Traore and Anthony Modeste - who brought the game to life in the dying minutes. Malian midfielder Traore equalised after 80 minutes with striker Modeste grabbing the winner one minute into extra time to leave tailenders Valenciennes still searching for a win in their new Hainaut stadium.
Elsewhere, Lorient beat Nancy 2-1, with Dijon winning the clash of newcomers at Evian 1-0, and Nice and Brest playing out a goalless draw on the Riviera.