Franck Ribery and Olympique Marseille tripped over their first hurdle today and failed to keep up with Olympique Lyonnais. Marseille couldn't find their way back after going down by two goals away to FC Nantes Atlantique. Nantes came away with their first victory of the season, moving them out of the relegation zone.
Yesterday, Lyon continued their dominance over domestic competition by putting four past fellow Champions League participant Lille Olympique SC. Gerard Houllier's men have now won five out of six, the only blemish being a home draw against Toulouse FC in the second game of the season. Lyon are in excellent form and should be a good bet to retain their Ligue 1 title and to play well into the spring in European competition.
Today's scores leave Marseille three points behind leaders Lyon, then only three points separate teams three through nine in the standings. The most attractive matches next week are AS Nancy Lorraine hosting RC Lens and Toulouse FC traveling to Marseille. On a side note, I've bet my baby's college fund on CS Sedan winning their first game when they host Rennes FC on Saturday. Wish me luck.
Yesterday and today in France [ESPN Soccernet]