Simon Scutt brings you Football News’ Ligue 1 Team of the Week following more Marseille brilliance and some surprising results at the bottom the table.
Jesper Hansen (Evian) GK
Things are getting ever so slightly better for Evian Thonon Gaillard, a second win of the season procured at Lorient is an impressive enough showing alone, but considering how badly Evian were playing a few weeks ago it can be classed as an even better result. It was Evian’s second clean sheet of the season as they look to shore up a defence that has taken battering after battering during the course of the opening stages of this campaign and Hansen had a good, assured game. They sit in the bottom three but the season remains young.
Lloyd Palun (Nice) RB
Nice won the south eastern derby on Saturday lunchtime away at Monaco thanks to an early goal. They were then put under pressure for large chunks of the game from the Monaco attack but were able to withstand the pressure thanks to a good performance from their defenders. It was their first away win of the season, meanwhile Monaco remain worryingly inconsistent ahead of their visit to Paris next weekend. Lloyd Palun’s surety down the right-hand flank provided Les Aiglons with added confidence, making a change for the usually wobbly Gregoire Puel who often occupies that role.
Simon Kjaer (Lille) CB
Lille lost for the first time on Wednesday away at Nice and needed to bounce back at home to Bastia, which they were able to do so thanks to a Divock Origi strike. Lille are yet to concede a league goal at home this season and Simon Kjaer is, as ever, keeping Christopher Maboulou very quiet indeed.
Yrondu Musavu-King (Caen) CB
All of Caen’s league points had been taken away from home so a match away to Lens could have proved the perfect opportunity for either side realistically to pick up a win. It was not to be the case as the game played out into a goalless draw. Young defender Musavu-King put in a strong performance making a good number of effective clearances and won a lot of aerial duals.
Gaetan Bussmann (Metz) LB
Metz proved their class once again with a comprehensive victory against Reims. Three second half goals secured all the points for the newly promoted side. The first two of these were set up by left back Gaetan Bussmann. Whose two crosses were met by headers from Falcon and Kashi respectively. It marks quite a week for Bussmann who scored the winner at Guingamp on Wednesday, but continues to prove his defensive solidity by contributing to a Metz clean sheet.
Jordan Veretout (Nantes) CM
Nantes entertained in-form Lyon at Le Beaujoire on Sunday afternoon; Nantes proved more than a match for OL and dominated large chunks of the game, but without really threatening something- a recurring theme for the Canaris. They did however get a monkey off their back when Veretout capped a good performance by scoring a penalty it was Les Canaris’ first penalty scored since mid April 2013.
Souleymane Camara (Montpellier) CM
After being defeated in the last minute by Monaco in mid-week Montpellier needed to react against Guingamp on Saturday night. They reacted by gaining the victory by a scoreline of 2-1. Camara opened the scoring for his side thanks to some nice neat interplay and then Camara was left to apply the finish which he did with aplomb.
Daniel Wass (Evian) RW
Just where would Evian be without Daniel Wass? In Ligue 2 already is the most likely answer to that question. Wass was once again instrumental as Evian secured a significant three points at Lorient with two assists for his side. The first, a free-kick planted onto Koné’s head who was in acres of space. The second he finds a way to put the ball into Barbosa’s path in front of goal.
Dimitri Payet (Marseille) LW
Marseille welcomed Saint-Etienne to the Velodrome on the back of their thumping 5-0 victory over Reims in midweek. They started where they left off when after just seven minutes they were ahead before doubling the lead on 28 minutes. Payet contributed with a goal when he found himself in front of the goalkeeper after some slack defending. He picked his spot and scored his third of the season. Marseille are leaders with 19 points from 8 games.
Thomas Touré (Bordeaux) AM
Three goals in the last 20 minutes confirmed a see-saw end to this game against Rennes. Bordeaux took the lead twice, through good work from youngster Touré on both occasions. Firstly with a slalom style run followed up by a shot that found its way into the path of Wahbi Khazri to tap it in. Then, with practically the last kick of the game, he curled the ball home with his side foot to seal the win.
Wissam Ben Yedder (Toulouse) CF
Sometimes you can make chances out of nothing at all and that’s exactly what Wissam Ben Yedder did on Saturday when he latched onto Serge Aurier’s back pass and he managed to round Sirigu before finishing well from a tight angle to give TFC the lead over PSG. The match would finish in a draw with neither side really able to grab a hold of the game definitely. Ben Yedder is now Ligue 1’s equal top scorer in 2014 this goal was his fifth of the season.