PARIS -- A late goal by Khalilou Fadiga
gave AJ Auxerre a 1-0 victory over Montpellier on Saturday and
sent the Burgundy side to the top of the French league table,
displacing RC Lens who drew 2-2 at Paris St Germain.
Fadiga slotted home from close range with four minutes to go
to send Auxerre top on goal difference.
Auxerre and Lens, who both extended their unbeaten run to
six, are level on 14 points.
"I don't really mind taking top spot," said Auxerre coach
Guy Roux. "What makes me pleased is that we have now 14 points
in the bag."
"We expected a tough match and it's what we got. We knew we
could not afford to make mistakes and I want to pay tribute to
my players who gave a faultless performance tonight," Roux said.
Auxerre were without striker Djibril Cisse who sustained an
ankle injury when playing in midweek for the France under-21
Roux said Cisse, the French league's leading scorer on seven
goals, will be out for at least six weeks.
Paris St Germain recovered from a poor start, scoring twice
in three minutes to draw with Lens at the Parc des
Nicolas Anelka headed home a cross by Aloisio in the 67th
minute before Brazilian Ronaldinho slotted his first goal for
PSG three minutes later.
Lens had gone ahead through midfielder Stephane Pedron in
the 18th minute before striker El-Hadji Diouf made it 2-0 just
after the break.
Lens and Auxerre are one point ahead of Olympique Lyon who
held troubled Olympique Marseille to a goalless draw in
PSG dropped a place to fifth on 10 points as Lille, who
play their first Champions League match next week, beat En Avant
Monaco, at home to Troyes, clinched their first win of the
season thanks to goals by Shabani Nonda and German international
Oliver Bierhoff, making his debut in the French championship.
"This win is a real morale-boost for everybody. It's the one
we were looking for and I'm really pleased with the will the
players showed tonight," said Monaco coach Didier Deschamps.
"It might help us to bounce back even if our performance was
far from being perfect especially in the first 30
Marseille and French champions Nantes are the last remaining
sides yet to register a victory this season.
Marseille were held to a goalless draw at home by Olympique
Lyon while Nantes had to share the points with Sedan in a 1-1
Sedan opened the scoring through Pius N'Diefi in the 58th
minute but Pierre-Yves Andre equalised three minutes later.