by SCOTT TAYLOR
Mario Balotelli scored an 86th minute winner to reinforce Nice’s position at the top of the Ligue 1 table, before he got sent off moments later in their 2-1 win at Lorient.
Balotelli netted his fifth goal in three league games since joining from Liverpool in the summer, and his goal means that Nice continued their incredible run in scoring in every match this season.
Lucien Favre’s side have now won four out of their last five games and remain a point clear of Monaco, and four points ahead of Champions PSG after the top three teams all won.
Monaco kept in touching distance of top spot with their biggest even away win in Ligue 1 history, thrashing ten-man Metz at the Stade Saint-Symphorien.
Guido Carrilo scored twice whilst Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva, Valere Germain, Fabinho and Boschilia also got on the scoresheet for Leonardo Jardim’s side,
Cheick Doukoure was sent off for Metz, who drop to eighth in the standings, whilst Monaco have scored a club record 22 goals from their opening eight matches.
Elsewhere, Edinson Cavani moved to the top of the Ligue 1 goalscoring charts, with another two goals as his brace helped PSG beat Bordeuax 2-0 at the Parc des Princes.
El Matador has now scored 11 goals in all competitions, but still gets negative criticism from some PSG fans as he looks to fill the void left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The victory moves Unai Emery’s side back up to third in the table, after Toulouse slipped up, losing 1-0 at Caen courtesy of an Ivan Santini penalty.
Lyon claimed their bragging rights in the 113th Samba derby as goals from Sergi Darder and Rachid Ghezzal were enough to beat Saint-Etienne saw by a record crowd at Parc OL.
More than 57,000 fans were in attendance as Lyon moved up to fifth, whilst Saint-Etienne drop to ninth with just their second defeat of the season.
In the second derby of the weekend, Stade Rennais left it late to beat Guingamp in the first meeting since the clash was renamed ‘Celtico’.
Adama Diakhaby scored the winner in stoppage time for the hosts, who maintained their 100% record at the Stade de la Route de Lorient.
To the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, and Lille moved off the bottom of Ligue 1 with a much-needed 1-0 at home to Nancy, who fall to the foot of the table at their expense after Eder’s first goal of the season secured the win for Frederic Antonetti’s side.
Meanwhile, Nantes moved out of the bottom three with their first win in seven matches after Maruisz Stepinski’s first-half effort helped the Canaries beat Bastia 1-0 on Saturday.
On the same day, Casimir Ninga scored a hat-trick, but Montpellier led a 3-1 lead slip as they were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw at Dijon courtesy of Yohann Riviere’s injury-time equaliser.
Finally, Marseille also conceded a late equaliser to drop points as they continue to struggle under Franck Passi. L’OM were held to a 1-1 draw at Angers after Pierrick Capelle cancelled out Florian Thuavin’s opener.
Ligue 1 Results:
Rennes 1-0 Guingap
Nantes 1-0 Bastia
Metz 0-7 Monaco
Lille 1-0 Nancy
Dijon 3-3 Montpellier
Caen 1-0 Toulouse
PSG 2-0 Bordeaux
Lyon 2-0 Saint-Etienne
Nice 2-1 Lorient
Angers 1-1 Marseille