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Saint-Etienne extends perfect start
Saint-Etienne beats Reims 3-1 in French league; Marseille loses 2-0 to Montpellier
Associated Press
2014-08-18 03:01 AM

PARIS (AP) -- Saint-Etienne rallied past Reims 3-1 for its second straight win in the French league on Sunday while Marseille lost 2-0 to Montpellier.

Reims opened the scoring with an own goal from Saint-Etienne defender Loic Perrin in the 27th minute. However, Saint-Etienne winger Max-Alain Gradel leveled by curling a free kick into the top corner in the 61st and Kevin Monnet-Paquet headed in a cross from striker Mevlut Erding in the 71st for a 2-1 lead. Erding sealed the win from close range in the 81st.

Saint-Etienne has six points from two games after winning 2-0 at Guingamp last weekend.

At Stade Velodrome, Montpellier winger Anthony Mounier beat the offside trap to score with a lob in the 19th. He set up the second goal with a low cross converted by Morgan Samson in the 69th.

Marseille's players looked uncomfortable in the unorthodox 3-3-3-1 system imposed by Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa, showing again their defensive frailties after drawing 3-3 with Bastia in the opening round.

"There was something missing today to make it," Marseille winger Romain Alessandrini said. "We have to react. We don't have the right to lose those matches, especially at home."

Monaco played Bordeaux later Sunday.

On Saturday, it was: Paris Saint-Germain 2, Bastia 0; Lens 0, Guingamp 1; Lorient 0, Nice 0; Metz 1, Nantes 1; Rennes 6, Evian 2; and Toulouse 2, Lyon 1.

Lille edged Caen 1-0 on Friday.

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