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By ESPN Staff

Ligue 1: Piquionne puts Monaco top of table

PARIS, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Monaco moved top of the Ligue 1 standings on Wednesday when a Frederic Piquionne first-half goal earned them a 1-0 win at Lille.

Piquionne struck on 21 minutes to give the principality side their fourth consecutve win. Victory sent them to first place in the standings with Nancy, who have a game in hand, with 13 points from six matches.

A Mathieu Bodmer second-half goal gave Olympique Lyon a 2-1 victory at troubled Sochaux, with the six-times champions climbing up to ninth on nine points.

France striker Karim Benzema opened the scoring on 20 minutes, only for Sochaux midfielder Walter Birsa to cancel the advantage from the penalty spot two minutes later.

Former Lille midfielder Bodmer, however, gave Lyon the advantage from close range.

Girondins Bordeaux jumped to fourth when an Alou Diarra goal 17 minutes into the second half gave the Aquitaine team a 1-0 victory at bottom club Metz.

Paris St Germain enjoyed their first win of the season when they clinched a 2-0 win at Le Mans with goals by defender Sylvain Armand and striker Amara Diane.

Stade Rennes were fifth following a 2-0 win at AJ Auxerre.

Earlier on Wednesday, Olympique Marseille were still looking for their first home victory this season after slumping to a 2-0 defeat by Nice at the Stade Velodrome.

Defender Vincent Hognon, who joined the club from St Etienne during the close season, fired home from a corner kick six minutes into the second half.

Midfielder David Hellebuyck, who also played for Les Verts, wrapped up the win three minutes from time with a powerful shot from just inside the box.

Marseille, who were last beaten by Nice at home in 1976, lie 14th in the standings with six points from six games.

Nice's victory lifted them to 11th on eight points. The players and fans paid tribute to Antonio Puerta, the Sevilla player who died on Tuesday, with a minute's silence.