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Lyon go top, Marseille suffer Real Madrid setback

Lyon went top in France on Saturday after coming back from a goal down to defeat Toulouse 2-1 while Marseille suffered their first defeat of the campaign, a 3-2 loss at Valenciennes coming just four days before a Champions League trip to Real Madrid.

sports Updated: Sep 27, 2009 17:48 IST

Lyon went top in France on Saturday after coming back from a goal down to defeat Toulouse 2-1 while Marseille suffered their first defeat of the campaign, a 3-2 loss at Valenciennes coming just four days before a Champions League trip to Real Madrid.

Lyon are a point ahead of champions Bordeaux, who tackle Rennes on Sunday, while Marseille are in third spot, three points behind the leaders.

Moussa Sissoko gave Toulouse a ninth-minute lead before second-half strikes from Yannis Tafer and Bafetimbi Gomis gave Lyon the three points and maintained their unbeaten start.

Marseille's build-up to their crucial European assignment at mighty Real Madrid suffered an embarrassing setback when they twice surrendered the lead at Valenciennes.

Former Real Madrid and Liverpool striker Fernando Morientes started his first match for Marseille since his summer switch from Valencia and the former Spanish international star opened the scoring in the 13th minute after good work by Lucho and Brandao.

Milan Bisevac levelled for Valenciennes seven minutes later after Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda could only parry a sharp drive from Rafael.

Mamadou Niang restored Marseille's lead in the 22nd minute after a corner from Benoit Cheyrou wasn't cleared.

In the 28th minute Valenciennes, who thumped Sochaux 5-2 last weekend, were level for the second time with David Ducourtioux planting a diving header past Mandanda.

The match looked to be heading for a draw until Brazilian defender Rafael headed Valenciennes' winner seven minutes from time.

"We led twice but gave away too much space," said Deschamps. "We missed a little aggression and Valenciennes were superior to us in the tackles, in the duels. We were well below what we are capable of."

Deschamps, whose side lost their opening Champions League match to AC Milan, believes Saturday's defeat will not have a bearing in Madrid on Wednesday.

"It's another tournament. Sure, it's not ideal to lose at Valenciennes before having to go to Madrid. But before the Milan match, we won 2-1 at Le Mans - it didn't mean we were capable of beating Milan."

Unheralded Montpellier share third spot with Marseille after Nenad Dzodic headed a 78th-minute winner at home to promoted Boulogne for a 1-0 win.

Paris St Germain, held to a home 1-1 draw by Lyon last week, lost further ground in the title race when they drew 1-1 at Lorient.

Arnold Mvuemba gave Lorient a 40th-minute lead but Guillaume Hoarau levelled for PSG in first-half injury-time.

Monaco are just behind PSG in seventh place on goal difference after losing 2-1 at home to Saint Etienne for whom Argentine striker Gonzalo Bergessio scored a last-minute goal.

Hapless Grenoble suffered their seventh defeat in seven outings and are rooted to the bottom of the table without a point.