by SCOTT TAYLOR
Unai Emery’s inconsistent start to the Ligue 1 season continued after Paris Saint-Germain suffered their second defeat in seven games, losing 2-0 at third-placed Toulouse on Tuesday evening.
Edison Cavani missed two key opportunities when the tie was level before Serge Aurier was sent off against his former side for denying a goalscoring opportunity. Yann Bodiger scored the resulting penalty with his side’s first shot on target before Jimmy Durmaz sealed the win in the 79th minute for a Toulouse side that had an average age of 22 years and 51 days.
PSG’s latest setback was their second defeat in four away games which equals their total amount of losses in the entire of the 2015/16 season and with ongoing tensions between Emery and Hatem Ben Arfa, the situation doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
Elsewhere, league leaders Nice, without the prolific Mario Balotelli, were still the only team unbeaten in Ligue 1 after a 1-0 win at Nancy. Alassana Plea netted the only goal of the game in the 60th minute for Lucien Favre’s side, who top the table with 17 points from their opening seven games.
Another side missing a key striker were Olympique Lyonnais, and Alexandre Lacazette’s absence showed as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to bottom side Lorient. Jimmy Cabot scored the winner in the 51st minute giving Les Merlus their first win of the campaign.
Both Cavani and Lacazette are topping the goal charts in France, and Metz striker Mevlüt Erdinç drew level with his fellow strikers with his 6th goal in 7 games in his side’s 1-0 win at 2011/12 champions Montpellier.
The Turkish international, on loan from Bundesliga side Hannover, netted a penalty in first-half stoppage as Metz rise to sixth in their first season back in Ligue 1 whilst Montpellier suffered back-to-back defeats.
Lille were last crowned champions of Ligue 1 in 2010/11, and Frederic Antonetti’s side went bottom for the first time since November 1995 after a 3-1 defeat at Saint-Etienne. The hosts had just ten fit senior players, but prevailed thanks to goals from Robert Beric, Nolan Roux and 18-year-old debutant Arnaud Nordin to extend their unbeaten run to nine mathces. Renato Civelli grabbed the only goal for Lille, who finished the game with ten men after Franck Beria was sent off.
Monaco moved to within a point of the leaders Nice with a 2-1 win over Angers in controversial circumstances at the Stade Louis II. Angers had a goal disallowed despite the linesman not flagging for offside but did go in front in the 55th minute when Famara Diedhiou sweeped home as the visitors looked for their fourth consecutive win. Kamil Gilk equalised in the 66th minute before Gilk’s effort was turned into his own net by Dickson Nwakaeme to give the hosts their fifth win in seven games.
Elsewhere, Bafetimbi Gomis scored his fifth goal in seven games as Marseille made it four home games without defeat with a much-needed 2-1 win at home to Nantes.
Emiliano Sala gave the visitors a surprise lead before former Tottenham striker Clinton N’Jie levelled. Ex-Swansea striker Gomes won it with a penalty to ease pressure on manager Franck Passi. Despite the win, Passi remains the fifth worst manager in Marseille history in terms of win percentage.
Finally, Lois Diony struck twice as Dijon moved off the bottom of Ligue 1 with a 3-0 win at home to Rennes whilst Bordeaux were held to a goalless draw by Caen. Bastia secured a 1-0 victory over Guingamp in a game marred by two red cards and the closure of the East Stand of the Armand-Cesari stadium after an incident involving missile throwing towards Lucas Moura in August.