Nantes head a group of four clubs on maximum points at the top, though their goal difference, 5-0, is the best. Paris St-Germain extended their promising start with a 1-0 win at Sochaux on Saturday through a second-half goal from the former West Ham midfielder Edouard Cissé . Bordeaux beat Nancy 1-0, also on Saturday, with a goal from the Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh, and last night Gérard Houllier's Lyon were added to the leading group when a 26th-minute strike from John Carew saw off Strasbourg.
Auxerre had an upset 2-0 away victory over Monaco, and Marseilles slumped to their second defeat in two matches, 2-0 at Lens.
Bayer Leverkusen hit the ground running in the Bundesliga yesterday, winning 4-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt. Dimiter Berbatov, Andrei Voronin, Bernd Schneider and Jacek Kryznowek got the goals.
Schalke beat Kaiserslaut-ern 2-1, courtesy of Mladen Krstajic's late winner. Others off to a flier were Werder Bremen, who beat Arminia Bielefeld 5-2. Hamburg, boosted by new signing Rafael van der Vaart, dispatched Nuremberg 3-0.
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