France: Valenciennes shock Marseille
PARIS, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Two goals from striker Steve Savidan gave Valenciennes a shock 2-1 home win over Olympique Marseille in Ligue 1 on Wednesday. Le Mans won 2-1 at 10-man Girondins Bordeaux courtesy of a goal each by Brazilian forwards Tulio and Grafite and surprisingly head the standings. They are the only team with maximum points from three matches but could still be joined at the top by Nancy, who have won their first two matches and welcome Nice on Thursday. Bordeaux hurt their chances by having goalkeeper Ulrich Rame sent off on 21 minutes for bringing down Le Mans forward Mamadou Samassa. Marseille, seen by many as Olympique Lyon's most dangerous rivals for the title, were hoping to kick-start their season after opening their campaign with two goalless draws. Instead, they conceded their first defeat after looking clumsy throughout the match and sorely missing injured playmaker Samir Nasri. Paris St Germain, who were also chasing their first win and their first goal, suffered the same fate as their arch-rivals with a 3-1 home defeat by Lorient. Former Portugal striker Pauleta, who had said a few days ago he might leave the capital club because he was not playing enough, gave his side the lead with a first-half effort. Lorient, however, struck back after the break with two goals from Marama Vahirua before midfielder Rafik Saifi added a third for the visitors in added time. Algeria midfielder Karim Ziani put Marseille in front in Valenciennes from close range on 57 minutes but Savidan levelled with a header three minutes later before giving the home side the points from a free kick four minutes from time. It was Marseille's second visit to Valenciennes since a bribery scandal involving both clubs rocked French football in 1993. The first visit, last year, ended in a 0-0 draw. 'It's taking time but we'll get there,' said Marseille coach Albert Emon. 'We'll finish in the top three, I'm sure.'