The reigning champions, Lyon, could only manage a 1-1 draw at Marseille, leaving them third in Ligue 1.

Marseille took the lead through a deflected free kick by Nigerian defender Taye Taiwo but Lyon equalised when John Carew fired in from a tight angle 10 minutes from the end.

Paris St Germaine continued their impressive start to the new season with a 2-0 win over 10 man Toulouse. Portuguese forward Pedro Pauleta scored one in each half to secure a third straight win over a Toulouse side which struggled to cope with the dismissal of Bryan Bergougnoux.

Auxerre won a hard-fought victory 1-0 against Bordeaux thanks to Luigi Pieroni’s strike nine minutes before half-time at the Stade Abbe Deschamps. Auxerre move onto seven points from their opening three matches.

Nancy continue to struggle after losing a third league game in a row going down 2-0 to Lens. Two goals by Alou Diarra and Aruna Dindane within the first 19 minutes gave Lens victory.

Ajaccio maintained their unbeaten record as they ended Nantes hopes of a third game without defeat. Goals from Marcelo Edson and Romain Rocci gave Ajaccio a 2-0 win.

Newly promoted Le Mans thrashed Rennes 4-0. Rennes were reduced to 10 men after Olivier Monterrubio saw red for a deliberate handball on the goal line. Tulio De Melo converted the penalty. De Melo grabbed his second when he slid in at the far post. Further goals by Chiguy Lucau and Ismael Bangoura completed the rout.

Frederic Piquinne netted a brace of headers for St Etienne as they claimed their first win at the expense of Metz. Piquinne benefited from poor defending by Metz in dealing with cross.

Troyes won the their first game of the season winning 2-1 over Lille. Troyes took a two-goal lead through Benjamin Nivet and Sebastian Dallet with Mathieu Debuchy scoring what proved to be a consolation.

Monaco won 2-1 at Strasbourg to overcome two defeats in a row within a week. Sebastien Squillaci gave Monaco the lead early in the second half, which was then doubled by Ernesto Chevanton in the 80th minute. Ulrich Le Pen scored late on for Strasbourg but Didier Deschamps’ side held on.