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Bodmer lifts Lyon to 2-1 victory at Sochaux; PSG grabs first win of season

Bodmer lifts Lyon to 2-1 victory at Sochaux; PSG grabs first win of season

Mathieu Bodmer poked in a second-half winner and six-time defending champion Lyon won 2-1 at Sochaux in the French first division on Wednesday.
Bodmer reacted in the 56th minute when a header from teammate Sebastien Squillaci landed in the penalty area, sliding to knock the ball in for his first goal since joining Lyon from Lille this summer.
The win was the second straight for Lyon and should ease criticism of manager Alain Perrin following the club's consecutive losses in the second and third rounds.
Lyon improved to ninth place with nine points from five matches _ but Lyon has a game in hand after Wednesday's sixth round. Sochaux is in 19th place with only two points.
Monaco, Nancy and Valenciennes all share the lead with 13 points, although Nancy has played one less game. Bordeaux is in fourth place with 11 points, ahead of Rennes and Lorient on goals difference.
Karim Benzema, who scored the winner in the 1-0 victory over Saint-Etienne on Sunday, scored his fourth league goal of the season to give Lyon the lead in the 20th, following good work from Sidney Govou and Anthony Reveillere. Walter Birsa equalized from the penalty spot two minutes later for Sochaux.
Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain won its first of the season, getting goals from Sylvain Armand and Amara Diane in a 2-0 victory at Le Mans. Marseille lost 2-0 at home to Nice, and received further bad news when club president Pape Diouf said captain Habib Beye would likely transfer to English side Newcastle.
Vincent Hognon and David Hellebuyck _ both new signings before the season _ scored Nice's goals.
In other results Wednesday, it was: Auxerre 0, Rennes 2; Lille 0, Monaco 1; Metz 0, Bordeaux 1, and Saint-Etienne 2, Strasbourg 0.
Jimmy Briand and Stephane M'Bia scored for Rennes, while Frederic Piquionne continued his recent good form when he grabbed Monaco's winner in the 21st.
France midfielder Alou Diarra scored his first goal for Bordeaux since joining from Lyon, and Brazilian striker Araujo Ilan got his first goal of the season in Saint-Etienne's win.


Updated : 2020-12-02 07:24 GMT+08:00