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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Ligue 1 roundup: Promoted Reims upsets Lyon 1-0 to move top of French league

Striker Pablo Chavarria’s first-half header was enough to give promoted Reims a 1-0 home win against Lyon on Friday. Reims has won its opening two games to move top of the league heading into this weekend’s games. Lyon was without forward Nabil Fekir _ still rested following France’s World Cup success _ and lacked creativity.
Although Reims clinched the second division title by a sizeable 15 points, it might have been expected to struggle considering it sold Brazilian attacking midfielder Diego Rigonato _ Ligue 2’s best player last season with nine goals and 13 assists _ and its 17-goal top scorer Jordan Siebatcheu.
But Reims has shown it is solid in defense, having also won 1-0 away at Nice last weekend. Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain is at Guingamp on Saturday.