Ligue 1 Results, Round 12
Paris Saint-Germain won over the weekend to go top of the table, with OGC Nice and AS Monaco both dropping points, while Olympique Lyonnais earned their first win of the season.
Reims 0 – 3 PSG
PSG moved to the top of the league after a Kylian Mbappé hat-trick earned the away side a comfortable win over Reims. PSG took the lead after just three minutes as Mbappé connected beautifully with an Ousmane Dembélé cross to volley home. However, Reims got back into the game and troubled PSG, with Azor Matusiwa and Amir Richardson both missing good chances. Reims again started brightly in the second half, but Mbappé’s second goal in the 59th minute, assisted by Carlos Soler. Mbappé completed his hat-trick in the 82nd minute after a Bradley Barcola cutback.
Luis Enrique’s team leapfrogged Nice to go top in the standings while Reims dropped to fifth.
Clermont Foot 1 – 0 Lorient
Clermont Foot came out on top in a huge game at the bottom of the table. The game was 0-0 at halftime, but the turning point came in the 69th minute when Lorient conceded a penalty that was cooly put away by Shamar Nicholson. Clermont earned a valuable three points in their relegation battle as they move within three points of safety, while Lorient remain in 16th place.
Le Havre 0 – 0 Monaco
Monaco had to settle for a 0-0 draw in the end as they lost ground in their chase for the league title. Le Havre have had an impressive start to the season and started brightly against Monaco, almost opening the score in the first ten minutes, but Loïc Négo’s shot was well saved by Phillip Kohn. Monaco had chances throughout the game but failed to convert, and it was only due to the herpes of keeper Kohn that Monaco were able to leave with a point as he saved a last-minute penalty to deny Le Havre. Monaco dropped further behind PSG in the title race, who are now three points ahead, while Le Havre finish the matchweek in seventh.
Montpellier 0 – 0 Nice
Nice dropped points in the title race as they dropped points away from home against Montpellier. While Nice remain unbeaten this season, they were leapfrogged by PSG, who beat Reims to secure top spot. The first half was largely uneventful but the tempo increased in the second half. Akor Adams nearly put the hosts ahead at the hour mark as his header hit the post, but that was the closest any team came in a rather dull affair.
Lille 1 – 1 Toulouse
Lille were held to a 1-1 draw against Toulouse. Leny Yoro put Lille ahead in the first half with a header following a corner, but Toulouse equalised at the hour mark, with their goal also coming from a set-piece finished by Thijs Dallinga. The hosts pushed hard toward the end of the game, hitting the woodwork twice in the final ten minutes. However, they could not find a winning goal as they lost points in their fight for the Champions League spots, despite extending their unbeaten run to six matches. Toulouse finished the week 14th.
Rennes 0 – 1 Olympique Lyonnais
Olympique Lyonnais got their first win after nearly six months, beating 10-man Rennes by one goal to nil. Jake O’Brien scored the only goal in what was a dull encounter with a close-range header. Rennes were reduced to 10 men after just six minutes after Guela Doue was sent off for a tackle on Nicolas Tagliafico.
Lyon remain bottom of the table with just seven points despite the win, while Rennes extended their winless run to five matches, ending the week in 13th.
Lens 1 – 0 Marseille
Lens moved up to sixth place with a one-nil win against Marseille, who dropped to 10th. It was a close contest, but an injury-time header from Jonathan Gradit as Lens continue their march up the table.
Metz 3 – 1 Nantes
Metz climbed to 11th in the table with a win over Nantes. Metz went ahead after just three minutes with a goal by Kevin Van Den Kerkhof. Nantes quickly equalised through Moses Simon before Metz again regained the lead before the half-hour mark through Simon Elisor. Joel Asoro then sealed the three points in the 85th minute as Nantes finished the week in ninth place.
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