Nice can breathe a huge sigh of relief. First, on the fact that they got their first win of the season; halting a turbulent start which threatened to put new manager Patrick Vieira under pressure.
Second, on the fact that they managed to survive Lyon’s onslaught to leave the Groupama stadium with that victory. Nice had eight shots to their hosts’ 29, had just one on target, and had their goalkeeper Walter Benitez to thank for making nine saves.
But the most number is the one that shows on the scoreboard, and Allan Saint-Maximin’s goal five minutes after halftime, via a nick of Marcelo Guedes and the underside of the crossbar, meant that scoreboard would read ‘Lyon 0-1 Nice’ at full-time, to lift Vieira’s side out of the bottom three. Lyon, meanwhile, drop to seventh following their second defeat of the season.
Paris St. Germain remain top, after a fourth straight win, this time at new boys Nimes. The champions took the lead through Neymar after 36 minutes, and four minutes later Angel Di Maria doubled that advantage, astonishingly scoring directly from a corner.
Nimes got a way back into the game just past the hour mark, Antonin Bobichon halving the deficit, then eight minutes later the scores would be level, a Thiago Silva foul in the box and a resultant penalty from Teji Savanier restored parity for the hosts. But Kylian Mbappe fired PSG back in front with a well-taken finish with 13 minutes to go, before Edinson Cavani put the seal on the win in stoppage time.
There was still time for Mbappe and Savanier to be sent off after a clash, as PSG hold on to their 100% record.
PSG’s arch-rivals Marseille left it late to snatch all three points at Monaco. In a game between late season’s second and fourth-placed sides, it was Marseille who took the lead thanks to a Kostas Mitroglou header just before halftime. Monaco responded just after the break, Youri Tielemans getting their leveller, and five minutes later went in front through skipper Radamel Falcao.
But Marseille weren’t quite ready to concede defeat. First Florian Thauvin pulled them back level with 16 minutes left, then he turned provider in last minute of normal time, his cross headed home by former Monaco man Valerie Germain to snatch three priceless points. That win moves Marseille up to fifth, while Monaco lie in 13th after a rough start to the season.
Elsewhere, Angers snuck past Lille, despite playing 25 minutes with ten men, Montpellier needed a late goal from Ambroise Oyongo to win at Reims, Nantes got their first win of the season at Strasbourg, while ten-man Toulouse won at Guingamp, who remain bottom and without a point.
Nimes 2-4 PSG
Lyon 0-1 Nice
Strasbourg 2-3 Nantes
Angers 1-0 Lille
Guingamp 1-2 Toulouse
Reims 0-1 Montpellier
Dijon 0-2 Caen
Monaco 2-3 Marseille
Rennes 2-0 Bordeaux
St. Etienne 0-0 Amiens
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