Ligue 1 results | Round 5: PSG suffers first defeat, Monaco held to draw

Ligue 1 Results, Round 5

After two convincing wins before the international break, Paris Saint-Germain have fallen at the Parc des Princes against OGC Nice. Despite conceding a late 2-2 away draw at Lorient, AS Monaco remain top of Ligue 1.

PSG 2 – 3 Nice

Les Parisiens have suffered their first defeat of the season against a Terem Moffi-inspired OGC Nice. The brilliant Nigerian forward found the back of the net twice and provided the assist for Gaëtan Laborde’s goal. Kylian Mbappé’s classy brace was in vain. With eight points out of a possible 15, this is PSG’s worst start of a Ligue 1 season since the Qatari takeover.

Rennes 2 – 2 Lille

Lille let a two-goal lead slip through their fingers at the Roazhon Park. Goals from defenders Lenny Yoro and Bafodé Diakité looked enough for Paulo Fonseca’s side to deliver a statement away win. Late strikes from Lorenz Assignon and Ibrahim Salah saved Rennes’ blushes. Les Bretons have drawn their last four Ligue 1 games. Rennes and Lille will be on continental duty this week. The former host Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League group stage on Thursday whilst Les Dogues host Ljubljana on Wednesday in the Europa Conference League.

Lens 0 – 1 Metz

Lens’ summer of woes is continuing at an alarming pace. Last season’s runners-up have lost as many Ligue 1 games (4) this season as they did the past campaign. Despite dominating proceedings, the Artois side were unable to find cracks in their opponents’ defense. The visitors did though, courtesy of Swedish winger Joel Asoro. Before traveling to Sevilla in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday, Lens are bottom of the league.

Lorient 2 – 2 Monaco

Les Monégasques have been denied a fourth Ligue 1 win this season with Bournemouth loanee Romain Faivre equalizing in the 98th minute of play. Benjamin Mendy made his return and even got a hand on Faivre’s goal. Former Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun opened his Monaco account only minutes after his introduction. Monaco remain top of the league with three wins and two draws.

Clermont 0 – 1 Nantes

Les Canaris clinched their first win of the season. The Loire-Atlantique side could have lost two points had Clermont’s Muhammed Cham had not skied his injury time penalty. Nigerian winger caught Clermont goalie Mory Diaw cold with a remarkable first-time curling chip. Clermont sit in an uncomfortable 17th place.

Strasbourg 2 – 2 Montpellier

Patrick Vieira’s BlueCo-owned Strasbourg came from 2-0 down to salvage a home point. Wahbi Khazri and Arnaud Nordin gave the visitors a two-goal buffer before half-time. The Alsatians restored parity with an own goal from Benjamin Lecomte and a strike from Lebo Mothiba. Both teams remain in the second half of the standings.

Reims 1 – 2 Brest

The Brittany-based club are without a doubt the surprise package of the season. Despite being 1-0 down, Eric Roy’s side showed remarkable grit and skill to turn the game on its head courtesy of goals from midfielder Mahdi Camara and former Norwich man Pierre Lees-Melou. Will Still’s Reims have been frustrated by a man-of-the-match performance from Brest Dutch keeper Marco Bizot. Poised to fight for their Ligue 1 survival, Brest are second in the standings, one point short of leaders Monaco.

Marseille 0 – 0 Toulouse

Les Phocéens have shown too little to beat a reliable and tough-to-crack Toulouse side. Marcelino’s Les Phocéens are still unbeaten in the league, but they have more draws than wins. Former Arsenal and Chelsea forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had another game to forget. Booed off the pitch by the Vélodrome, a disjointed Marseille side will need to step up this Thursday against AFC Ajax in the Europa League group stage.

Lyon 0 – 0 Le Havre

With newly-named manager Fabio Grosso watching on from the Groupama Stadium’s stands, Lyon failed again to fulfill their potential. Rayan Cherki, Alexandre Lacazette and Ernest Nuamah fired blanks against the promoted Ligue 1 side. The only good news is that Les Gones are no longer bottom of the league.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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