x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Ederson spot on for Lyon

Ederson's penalty was enough for defending champions Lyon to beat lowly Le Havre 1-0 and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

Ederson's penalty was enough for defending champions Lyon to beat lowly Le Havre 1-0 and maintain their unbeaten start to the season. The Brazilian midfielder converted from the penalty spot in the 45th minute after defender Nicolas Gillet had fouled Frederic Piquionne, starting in place of top scorer Karim Benzema. Lyon's fifth win of the season moved put them on 16 points from six matches. Lyon finished the match with 10 men when winger Sidney Govou was sent off in the 66th for a second yellow card.

Lyon midfielder Jean II Makoun said: "After Sidney got sent off we showed a lot of character. A lot of people have been talking about our defence, but tonight we were solid. It's a good thing not to concede a goal." In Saturday's other matches Bordeaux grabbed a late win against Grenoble thanks to Brazilian Jussie's 80th-minute goal. And this despite having two players, Alou Diarra and Wendel, sent off.

Nantes forward Mamadou Bagayoko, and Lille's Tulio De Melo both scored twice to help their teams to victory against Valenciennes and Auxerre respectively. Two goals from Julien Quercia put Auxerre 2-1, but the 17-year-old Belgian striker Eden Hazard equalised for Lille two minutes from time before De Melo struck the winner in the fourth minute of injury time. Rafik Saifi's 34th-minute goal looked like giving Lorient a home win, only for Anthony Deroin to equalise for Caen six minutes from the end.

At Nice, Emerse Fae and Loic Remy put the home side 2-0 ahead after 28 minutes, but a 49th minute own goal from midfielder David Hellebuyck put Le Mans back in the match and substitute Roland Lamah equalised in the 86th with his first goal for the club since joining from Roda JC. * AP Sport