Bastos continues scoring form as Lyon tops Valenciennes

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Michel Bastos scored his third goal in as many appearances on Saturday to help Lyon to a 3-2 win over Valenciennes at the Stade de Gerland.

The visitors took the lead after 12 minutes through Gil, but Bastos, who scored as a substitute in his first two games this season, equalized when goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau allowed a pass to slip through his hands, which left Bastos to pounce on the loose ball.

Lyon jumped in front only three minutes later when Alexandre Lacazette was fouled by David Ducourtioux inside the area, giving Bafetimbi Gomis an opportunity to put the hosts in front from the spot, which he did with little trouble.

Grenier Clement scored on a brilliant 30-yard strike midway through the second half to put Lyon up 3-1, while Valenciennes was only able to pull one goal back 15 minutes from time when Gregory Pujol redirected a free kick past goalkeeper Remi Vercoutre.

St Etienne 3, Bastia 0

Furiani, France - St Etienne recorded its second straight win on Saturday at Bastia, handing the home side a 3-0 defeat.

Renaud Cohade scored after 11 minutes when he was set up by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who found the net himself in the 26th minute when he turned a pass from Jonathan Brison inside the near post.

The two-goal lead held up until the 89th minute when the visitors tacked on another goal as Josua Guilavogui played a one-two with Aubameyang before firing the return pass beyond Bastia goalkeeper Magno Novaes.

Ajaccio 2, Evian 0

Ajaccio, France - Ajaccio collected its second win of the season on Saturday as first-half goals from Fousseni Diawara and Johan Cavalli were enough for the club to claim a 2-0 victory at home against Evian.

Cavalli had a hand in both goals as his corner kick in the 20th minute was headed home by Diawara, and he added a goal of his own shortly before halftime from close range to double his team's lead.

Evian tried to fight back early in the second half, but the team was unable to find a way past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and has now lost three of its first four games.

Brest 2, Troyes 1

Brest, France - Troyes slumped to a third defeat in four games as Geoffrey Dernis scored a stoppage-time winner for Brest in a 2-1 victory on Saturday.

Brest seized the lead 11 minutes into the game when Eden Ben Basat beat goalkeeper Yohann Thuram-Ulien at his near post, while it took until the 66th minute for Troyes to equalize with a nice solo effort from Mounir Obaddi, who beat three defenders before scoring on a low shot.

But Brest claimed all three points in the closing minutes as substitute Charlison Benschop set up the chance for Dernis to convert.

Lorient 3, Nancy 0

Lorient, France - Lorient kept its unbeaten record alive on Saturday with a comfortable 3-0 home win against Nancy.

First-half goals from Ludovic Giuly and Lamine Kone had Lorient in a good position at halftime, while Alain Traore added a third goal five minutes from time to give Lorient eight points from its first four games.

The loss could have been even worse for Nancy, but Traore failed to convert a penalty kick in the first half.

Montpellier 3, Sochaux 1

Montbeliard, France - Defending Ligue 1 champions Montpellier finally claimed a first win on Saturday, downing Sochaux, 3-1, at the Stade Bonal.

Younes Belhanda drew a foul inside the penalty area in the 16th minute and then converted the spot kick to put the visitors ahead at halftime.

The lead was doubled shortly before the hour mark by Emanuel Herrera, who took advantage of a poor clearance by Sochaux's Mathieu Peybernes to put Montpellier ahead 2-0.

Sochaux came back with a goal five minutes later courtesy of Slovan Privat, but Remy Cabella sealed the win 12 minutes from time when he scored from a tight angle to leave Sochaux as the only team in Ligue 1 without a point.

Toulouse 1, Reims 1

Toulouse, France - Toulouse salvaged a point at home against Reims on Saturday as Ben Yedder scored a late goal to help the hosts to a 1-1 draw.

Reims was on the verge of a second successive win after a 56th-minute own goal from Aymen Abdennour.

But Yedder continued his strong start to the season with a powerful volley in the 89th minute that leveled the match, while he almost set up the winning goal in stoppage time as Emmanuel Riviere fired his pass on goal and forced a good save from goalkeeper Agassa Kossi.