Just the quickest of French Fancies to alert Salut! Sunderland readers – not including Jeremy Robson, who professes to stop caring about players once they leave SAFC – to another excellent showing by our old favourite Steed Malbranque, taking full advantage of the new lease of footballing life extended by his first club, l’Olympique Lyonnais.
Steed, having produced a Man of the Match display in his debut against Valenciennes, was praised by the French press after playing the full 90 minutes as OL beat Ajaccio 2-0. “Again convincing” said one football writer. The match details show he set up the second goal, for Lisandro Lopez,
OL briefly went top of Ligue 1 but the lead was later regained by Marseille, who have made an impressive start to the season. But beware. Paris Saint-Germain have started winning, too, and could yet prove too powerful – ie too moneyed – for everyone.
It is also true that Steed’s opening two games have been at home against modest opposition. All the same, Salut! Sunderland is just pleased for Steed. His creative presence is missed.]
The weekend results in Ligue 1 (Montpellier’s latest defeat leaving them, last season’s champions, fifth bottom) …
Paris Saint-Germain 2 Toulouse 0
Reims 3 Montpellier 1
Troyes 1 Lille 1
Valenciennes 0 Bordeaux 0
Saint-Etienne 0 Sochaux 1
Evian TG 3 Bastia 0
Nice 4 Brest 2
Rennes 1 Lorient 2
Lyon 2 AC Ajaccio 0
Nancy 0 Marseille 1