Marseille and St Etienne continue perfect starts to Ligue 1 season
Nantes 0 - 1 Marseille

Marseille and St Etienne continue perfect starts to Ligue 1 season

A late goal from Lucas Ocampos secured Marseille a 1-0 win at Nantes to maintain their 100 percent start two games into the new Ligue 1 campaign.

Rudi Garcia's men had seen an effort from Florian Thauvin ruled out for offside before Maxime Lopez sent an effort just wide.

The visitors, though, made sure they left La Beaujoire-Louis-Fonteneau with all three points when Argentine midfielder Ocampos slotted in a rebound with just two minutes left.

However, there was still time left for Nantes striker Emiliano Sala to head a late chance only just off target as Claudio Ranieri's side were left to reflect on a second straight Ligue 1 defeat.

Ranieri was forced to make his three substitutions within the first 24 minutes as skipper Valentin Rongier hurt an elbow after just 12 minutes, Yacine Bammou followed eight minutes later with a thigh injury, and Alexander Kacaniklic injured a leg.

Marseille must now regroup ahead of Thursday's Europa League playoff against Slovenian side NK Domzale, when they will be looking to stretch an unbeaten run which currently stands at 21 matches.

St Etienne also moved onto six points from two games after a 1-0 win at Caen, with Romain Hamouma scoring the only goal.

Hamouma netted the crucial strike on 67 minutes when he latched onto a through-ball and raced clear down the left before slotting his shot under the goalkeeper to leave Caen still pointless.

Marseille and St Etienne are level on points atop the table with Lyon, who beat Rennes on Friday night.

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