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Ligue 1: Saint-Etienne in front, Nice wins finally, Lyon makes the show

Ⓒ AFP – ROMAIN LAFABREGUE – | Romain Hamouma and the Stéphanois easily dominated Amiens, thanks in particular to two penalties at Geoffroy-Guichard, on August 19, 2017

Saint-Etienne is still at the forefront of Ligue 1, thanks to his authoritarian victory against Amiens (3-0) on Saturday, during a third day that saw Nice finally put forward forward and Nabil Fekir’s Lyon to deliver A match with great spectacle against Bordeaux (3-3).

The Stéphanois (2nd, 9 pts) thus join Monaco at the top of the ranking, unlike the Lyonnais (3es, 7 pts) well married to let the first place go. On Sunday, Marseille and PSG Neymar will have the opportunity to join the duo of the head.

. The Green Surprise

Saint-Etienne and his new coach Oscar Garcia are therefore the pleasant surprise of these first weeks of championship. Three matches, three wins in L1, the ASSE had not experienced such a beginning of championship since the season 1973/1974, concluded with a title of champion of France.

Evil tongues will probably say that, except for Nice, Saint-Etienne beat only modest teams: Caen last weekend and then Amiens Saturday. No matter, the Greens have found beautiful colors in the image of Bryan Dabo, author of a double.

After his first goal, the one who had played very little last season threw himself into the arms of fans, delighted to celebrate and celebrate the success of their club, which mingles with the big teams of L1.

. Nice, finally!

Nice, though 3rd at the end of last season, will need to wait three matches to launch his championship. It is thanks to this success against Guingamp 2-0 with a very good Alassane Plea in front.

Ⓒ AFP – VALERY HACHE – | Nice striker Alassane Pléa (N.14) scored the first goal of the OGC Nice against Guingamp, August 19, 2017 at the Allianz Riviera

Dutch Rookie Wesley Sneijder, a former Dutch football star who was a little less brilliant in recent years, played 85 minutes of good quality. He made some nice technical gestures, without being decisive.

Back from injury, Mario Balotelli played for 30 minutes. Goal of the operation, prepare for the return of the Champions League Tuesday against Naples. The task will be difficult for the Nice players after the 2-0 defeat in Italy in the first leg.

. A draw but a show in Lyon

Lyon dropped the lead of the Ligue 1 but what a spectacle at Parc OL! The 3-3 draw between Lyon and Bordeaux was thrilling. And thrown in an excellent way by what will remain as one of the most beautiful goals of the season, a tense strike of Nabil Fekir at 54 meters distance, to lober Benoit Costil (10th).

The offensive midfielder Lyon is in great form while Didier Deschamps reveals Thursday the list of Bleus selected to face the Netherlands and Luxembourg in the World Cup qualifiers-2018.

But his cannon shot and Bertrand Traore’s superb free-kick (75th minute) were not enough. Reduced to ten in the 36th minute after the expulsion of Darder, the Lyonnais finally cracked in the last moments. The Brazilian Malcolm, who had already scored in the first period, snatched the tie also scoring a magnificent shot under the bar (90th).

In other matches, Nantes launched his season winning Troyes 1-0, Rennes defeated Dijon (2-2) and Strasbourg got a good draw in Montpellier (1-1).

Results of the third day:

Friday

Metz – Monaco 0 – 1

Saturday

Lyon – Bordeaux 3 – 3

Nice – Guingamp 2 – 0

Rennes – Dijon 2 – 2

Saint-Etienne – Amiens 3 – 0

Troyes – Nantes 0 – 1

Montpellier – Strasbourg 1 – 1

Sunday

(15h00) Lille – Caen

(17h00) Marseille – Angers

(21h00) Paris SG – Toulouse

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