PARIS (AP) — Marseille eased to a 2-0 win at home to Evian on Saturday as it continued its perfect start in the French league.
Last year's runner-up took the lead in the 16th minute, when Rod Fanni lifted the ball over the defense to Andre-Pierre Gignac, who feinted past Jonathan Mensah and rifled a shot into the back of the net from the edge of the penalty area.
Marseille had several chances to double its advantage and eventually did so in the 66th minute. Dimitri Payet, who was signed from Ligue 1 rival Lille in the offseason, controlled Mathieu Valbuena's pass and did well to round Mensah before drilling the ball into the bottom left corner for his third goal in two matches.
Marseille has six points from its opening two matches. Evian has one.
Newly-promoted Guingamp is still without a point after losing 1-0 at Saint-Etienne, following a 3-1 defeat at home to Marseille last week and.
Fabien Lemoine played a swift one-two with Brandao on the edge of the area before firing into the top left corner to score the only goal of the game in the 52nd minute.
Nice was also reeling from a hefty 4-0 defeat at Lyon last week, but it picked up its first points of the new campaign with a 2-1 victory over Rennes. The match was played behind closed doors due to incidents in Nice's match against Lyon in May.
Dario Cvitanich gave Nice a deserved lead in the 20th minute but the home side failed to finish off its opportunities and Rennes leveled with its first chance of the game in first-half stoppage time. New loan signing Nelson Oliveira was left completely unmarked to control Yassine Jebbour's cross and volley home a powerful effort.