Lens takes division lead as Nantes slumps to second loss


Lens escorted French champions Nantes to their second straight loss and took the lead in division standings on Saturday. An enthusiastic home crowd couldn’t help Nantes reclaim last year’s glory. After Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Lens, Nantes slumped to 17th place in the standings with zero points. Sochaux edged into second place, narrowly beating Rennes 4-3. Sochaux started strong, scoring its first three goals in the 30th, 38th and 39th minutes. But Rennes fought back, making it 3-3 early in the second half. Pierre-Alain Frau came through on a penalty for Sochaux to take the match in the 81st minute. Rennes’ loss leaves them at the bottom of the division standings. Auxerre’s star Djibril Cisse, who led his team to last week’s 5-0 win against Bordeaux, scored in the 81st minute against Paris Saint Germain on Saturday to draw 1-1. Auxerre, Lille and Bordeaux all have four points in the standings. At home, Lille beat Lorient 3-1, while Bordeaux drew 0-0 against Olympique Marseille in their match Friday. Lens opened scoring 30 minutes into play, when Daniel Moreira scored on a pass from El-Hadji Diouf. Olivier Quint saved Nantes from a shutout, netting a 72nd-minute penalty. But Lens came back in the 84th minute with Lamine Sakho crossing to Diouf, who headed the winner. Olympique Lyon came back after last week’s loss to Lens, beating Sedan 2-0, thanks to goals by Sonny Anderson and Pierre Laigle. Monaco, under the tutelage of former French captain Didier Deschamps, continued its uninspiring run in a 0-0 draw against Montpellier. Monaco lost at home last week to Sochaux. At home, Metz beat Troyes 2-1, while Guingamp defeated Bastia 1-0.