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Marseille, Lens move to top of Ligue 1

Marseille and Lens have both won to move to the top of the Ligue 1 standings, overtaking defending champions Paris St Germain, who play on Sunday.

An own goal from Nantes defender Nicolas Pallois handed Marseille a second victory in three games while Lens also advanced to seven points on Saturday with a comprehensive 4-1 away win at Monaco.

Runners up last season, Marseille were 2-1 home winners as Pallois deflected Luis Suarez’s effort into his own net.

The home side had taken 70 minutes to take the lead through Chancel Mbemba but teammate Samuel Gigot gave away a penalty six minutes later, and was sent off, with Ludovic Blas converting the resultant spot kick to put Nantes level.

But Marseille were back ahead soon after to take all three points.

Earlier, Lois Openda and Deiver Machado had Lens two goals up away at Monaco before Benoit Badiashile pulled one back with a 41st minute header.

The home side, however, were thoroughly outplayed in the second half, giving away a penalty which Lens captain Seko Fofana converted before Monaco full back Vanderson was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Lens substitute Wesley Said added the fourth with a superb right footed shot at the near post 12 minutes from time.

PSG can retake the lead if they win away at Lille on Sunday.

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