Ligue 1 round-up
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marseille continued their impressive start to 2005 with a 1-0 win over Metz.Marseille continued their impressive start to 2005 with a 1-0 win over Metz at Stade Saint-Symphorien.
L'OM have now secured three wins from three following the winter break and are mounting a title challenge.
Peguy Luyindula (pictured) settled the game with his effort after 25 minutes proving the only goal of the game.
Bordeaux crashed to just their fourth defeat of the campaign following a 4-0 reverse to Sochaux.
The visitors were always up against it when David Jemmali was dismissed for collecting two yellow cards, the latter coming shortly after half time.
Sylvain Monsoreau finally broke the deadlock after 76 minutes and a second goal minutes later from Jeremy Menez doubled their advantage.
The strike gave youngster Menez the appetite for goal and he bagged another quick-fire brace to seal an eight-minute hat-trick for the home side.
Auxerre avenged their Coupe de la Ligue penalty shoot-out defeat to Caen with a 2-0 win at Stade Michael D'Ornano.
Second half goals from Rene Bolf and Jean-Pascal Mignot were enough to put their surprise cup exit to the back of their minds.
Monaco are one of the form teams in France and they kept up their hot streak with a 2-0 success over Lens.
First half goals from Javier Saviola and Maicon were enough to give the Principality side the points.
Istres remain at the foot of the table following a 1-1 draw against Strasbourg at Bernard-Bardin.
Mickael Pagis' penalty put the visitors in front, however Frank Chaussidiere's 54th minute effort earned a share of the spoils.
Rafik Saifi was sent off in the dying moments, but lowly Istres held on for the point.
Rennes bounced back from the loss to Nantes with a 2-0 triumph over Ajaccio.
Alexander Frei opened the scoring after 28 minutes with Olivier Monterrubio's second half effort settling the tie.
St Etienne and Paris Saint Germain finished goalless at Stade Geoffrey-Guichard.
The home side finished with 10-men, however the dismissal of Julien Sable arrived too late the influence the game.
Bastia boosted their prospects of avoiding the drop with a 2-0 win over Nice.
Frederic Nee got the ball rolling after 20 minutes, but it was not until late on when Youssouf Hadji netted were the points secure.
Mamadou Diallo gave Nantes a lead at Stadium Municipal but it would not last.
Toulouse struck back through Achille Emana and Benjamin Pasume to secure a come from behind 2-1 win.
Click below for match summaries:
Metz 0-1 Marseille
Bastia 2-0 Nice
Caen 0-2 Auxerre
Istres 1-1 Strasbourg
Monaco 2-0 Lens
Rennes 2-0 AC Ajaccio
Sochaux 4-0 Bordeaux
St Etienne 0-0 Paris SG
Toulouse 2-1 Nantes
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