Odemwingie makes name for himself as Lille go top

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Peter Odemwingie scored a hat-trick as Lille thrashed 10-man Racing Lens 4-0 last night to go top of Ligue 1.

Lens midfielder Sidi Keita was sent off nine minutes from the interval but Lille now have six points from two matches and lead second-placed Nancy on goal difference.

Lille opened the scoring after 13 minutes when Mathieu Bodmer headed home a Nicolas Plestan cross. Odemwingie made it two when he slalomed through the Lens defence shortly after the half-hour mark before Keita was sent off for a second yellow card.

Odemwingie latched on to a Kader Keita cross to score his second goal of the game after 56 minutes and he completed his hat-trick 10 minutes later, heading home another Keita cross.

Marseilles won 2-0 against Stade Rennes courtesy of goals by Mickael Pagis and Toifilou Maoulida. Midfielder Franck Ribery, who had said he wanted to leave the club before pledging his future to the Provence side, received a warm welcome from the Marseilles fans.

Ribery repaid them with a superb performance, culminating in setting up Maoulida six minutes from time for his team's second.

On Saturday, three late goals earned Nancy a 3-1 victory over promoted Sedan. Elsewhere, former Werder Bremen playmaker Johan Micoud gave Bordeaux a 1-0 win at nine-man Lorient, while Lyon were held to a disappointing 1-1 home draw by Toulouse.

Bundesliga title hopefuls Hamburg SV struggled to a 1-1 draw at home against Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday. Bielefeld scored first when Christian Eigler drilled a shot past HSV goalkeeper Sascha Kirschstein but Hamburg scored a deserved equaliser in the 67th minute when Ivory Coast's Boubacar Sanogo headed in a corner.

Hamburg spent most of last season in second place before ending up third behind Werder Bremen and the champions Bayern Munich. Bayern won their Bundesliga opener on Friday, 2-0 against Borussia Dortmund.