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Ligue 1 wrap: PSG win again, Montpellier improving

30 September 2012 00:16

Paris Saint-Germain have moved into second in Ligue 1 after a 2-0 victory over Sochaux, with Kevin Gameiro scoring both goals.

The capital city club reduced the gap behind leaders Marseille to only three points as Gameiro scored twice in the first half, with PSG winning their fourth successive match in Ligue 1.

Javier Pastore created PSG's first goal in the 11th minute, chipping Sochaux's defence with precision to find Gameiro.

The France striker brought the ball down with his right foot before poking it into the net under Simon Pouplin, who was charging off his line.

In his first start of the season, Gameiro took full advantage of the time on the pitch, knocking in a second goal before half-time.

Brazilian fullback Maxwell burst forward in the 33rd minute, sending in an early cross from the left, and Gameiro slid in to strike the ball into the net with his right foot.

While PSG failed to score again, they were rarely troubled at home on Saturday and their win took them to 15 points for the season, ahead of Lyon (14) Lorient (13) with Marseille on top with 18, although the leaders can move further ahead when they play Valenciennes on Sunday.

Lorient managed a 1-1 draw away to Evian thanks to an 86th-minute equaliser by Gilles Sunu after Saber Khelifa gave the home team the lead in the eighth minute.

Reigning champions Montpellier will hope they have turned their form around after a 2-0 victory away to Nancy.

Montpellier went into the match against Nancy with just one win from their first six matches but did enough to overcome the strugglers.

Younes Belhanda gave Montpellier the lead in the 67th minute when he received Karim Ait-Fana's pass at the top of the penalty area and curled his shot into the bottom left-hand corner of Nancy's net.

A stunning long-range strike from Souleymane Camara completed the visitors' victory as he brought down Remy Cabella's pass with his chest in the 90th minute and then blasted the ball past the outstretched fingers of Nancy goalkeeper Guy N'Dy Assembe.

In other Ligue 1 results, Nice drew 2-2 with Bastia, Ajaccio won 1-0 over Brest and Toulouse defeated Troyes 2-0.

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Ligue 1 preview: PSG, Marseille look to keep form rolling

27 September 2012 15:11

Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain host Sochaux on Saturday as leaders Marseille look to continue their unblemished start to the season.

PSG have scored eight and conceded just one goal in three consecutive wins in the league after starting the season slowly with three draws.

Since then, the capital club have certainly found their groove.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is already paying back his hefty transfer fee, scoring at a phenomenal rate with seven league goals in five games.

The Swede's double in PSG's 4-0 rout of Bastia on Saturday followed another he scored in the side's Champions League opener against Dynamo Kiev four days earlier.

The Paris outfit strolled ominously to a 4-1 win over the Ukrainian club with Carlo Ancelotti's side finally appearing to have hit full stride.

Sochaux forward Cedric Bakambu scored his first brace in Ligue 1 against Troyes in a 3-1 win last Saturday and will headline the attack for the visitors at the Parc de Princes, while one of PSG's other big signings, Ezequiel Lavezzi, is likely to miss with a thigh injury.

Top side Marseille continue to lead the way and can break a 42-year record set by Monaco if they win a seventh straight game to start the season, away to Valenciennes on Saturday.

Following the departure of Didier Deschamps who, conversely, guided the team to six straight losses to start last season and a 10th-place finish, new manager Elie Baup has endeared himself to the fans.

Marseille are still six points clear of third-placed PSG and four ahead of Lyon, who host Bordeaux on Sunday.

On Friday, Lille are away to Rennes having won only once in six games this season.

On Saturday, Ajaccio welcome Brest, Nancy host champions Montpellier, who are well down in 16th place, bottom-placed Troyes do battle with Toulouse, Evian entertain Lorient and Nice are at home to Bastia.

On Sunday, Saint-Etienne welcome Reims, who are undefeated in four games.

Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +46 83
2 38 +6 71
3 38 +23 67
4 38 +11 64
5 38 +28 63
6 38 +19 62
7 38 +6 55
8 38 -1 53
9 38 +3 52
10 38 +2 51
11 38 -4 48
12 38 -16 47
13 38 -11 46
14 38 -9 43
15 38 -16 41
16 38 -7 40
17 38 -12 40
18 38 -20 38
19 38 -18 37
20 38 -30 29