Saint-Etienne extends perfect start

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm •  Published: August 17, 2014
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PARIS (AP) — Saint-Etienne rallied past Reims 3-1 for its second straight win in the French league on Sunday while Marseille lost 2-0 to Montpellier.

Reims opened the scoring with an own goal from Saint-Etienne defender Loic Perrin in the 27th minute. However, Saint-Etienne winger Max-Alain Gradel leveled by curling a free kick into the top corner in the 61st and Kevin Monnet-Paquet headed in a cross from striker Mevlut Erding in the 71st for a 2-1 lead. Erding sealed the win from close range in the 81st.

Saint-Etienne has six points from two games after winning 2-0 at Guingamp last weekend.

At Stade Velodrome, Montpellier winger Anthony Mounier beat the offside trap to score with a lob in the 19th. He set up the second goal with a low cross converted by Morgan Samson in the 69th.

Marseille's players looked uncomfortable in the unorthodox 3-3-3-1 system imposed by Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa, showing again their defensive frailties after drawing 3-3 with Bastia in the opening round.

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