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2013/14 French Ligue 1 Table
France is ranked as the 6th best league in Europe currently.
On August 23rd the third weekend of the French Ligue 1 season kicked off. Big Spender AS Monaco FC hosted Toulouse FC the #112 ranked club from UEFA. Both clubs could not find the back of the net as the score ended 0-0.
Valenciennes FC welcomed Olympique de Marseille to their home field. Marseille is ranked #16 by UEFA and easily one of the top clubs in France. Things looked like a draw until Andre-Pierre Gignac scored in the 84th minute to give Marseille a 1-0 road win and their third straight win to start the season.
Andre-Pierre Gignac of Olympique de Marseille
Olympique Lyonnais the 12th ranked club by UEFA hosted Stade de Reims on August 24th. Reims would pull the upset when Odair Fortes scored in the 76th minute for the win. This was Lyonnais's first defeat of the year.
Evian Thonon Gaillard FC lost to Stade Rennais FC 2-1. Rennais is ranked #110 by UEFA. They got two early goals from Nelson Oliveira in 11th and 34th minutes to take a 2-0 lead. Kevin Berigaud scored in 47th minute to cut the score down to 2-1. That is how the match would end.
EA Guingamp ranked #132 by UEFA got two goals from Mustapha Yatabare to defeat FC Lorient 2-0.
Montpellier Herault SC #99 by UEFA got a stoppage time goal from Siaka Tiene to defeat FC Sochaux-Montbeliard #131 2-1. Roy Contout scored in the 43rd minute for Sochaux to take a 1-0 lead. Hilton would level it at one a piece before half with a goal for Montpellier.
French Ligue 1 Top Contenders
Olympique de Marseille
AS Monaco FC
6 pts +5
Stade Rennais FC
6 pts +1
Stade de Reims
6 pts +1
6 pts +1
6 pts +1
Paris Saint-Germain FC
FC Girondins de Bordeaux
4 pts -1
Montpellier Herault SC
4 pts -2
4 pts -3
Henri Saivet of FC Girondins de Bordeaux
FC Girondins de Bordeaux #34 by UEFA got a goal from Henri Saivet in 32nd minute to defeat SC Bastia 1-0. This was Bordeaux's first win of the season.
A Penalty goal from Salomon Kalou in 37th minute was all LOSC Lille needed to defeat AS Saint-Etienne. Lille ranked #49 by UEFA got their second win of the season while Etienne #78 lost their first match of season.
AC Ajaccio and OGC Nice played to a scoreless draw in their match on August 25th.
The defending Champions Paris Saint-Germain FC #19 finally got their first win of the new season as they defeated FC Nantes 2-1 on the road. Edinson Cavani scored in the 24th minute to go up 1-0. Nantes was given a goal when Alex of PSG scored an own goal in 52nd minute. Ezequiel Lavezzi scored in 73rd minute to give PSG the win.
Who wins French Ligue 1 Title
Odair Fortes of Stade de Reims
Only 15 goals were scored this week for the league that saw a lack of offense. With three matches completed for each club Marseille does look like the best club so far this season. The clubs battling for the title so far do not surprise me. Monaco, Lyonnias and PSG are all in position to stake their claim to title.
If season ended today Olympique de Marseille, AS Monaco FC and Olympique Lyonnais would all make it into next years Champions League while Stade Rennas FC would play in Europa League next season. Two Europa League spots will be given out in Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue.