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Bordeaux grinds out draw to remain at the top

DEFENDING France Ligue 1 champion Bordeaux retained its lead in the standings following a scoreless draw at Marseille on Sunday night.

Runner-up to Bordeaux last season, Marseille ended Laurent Blanc's team's impressive run of 14 straight wins in the French League but was unable to find the net at the Stade Velodrome, where the club played for the first time this season.

Marseille was forced to play its first home game in Montpellier earlier this month because of an accident that killed two workers at its stadium in July.

Bordeaux now tops the standings ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and seven-time champion Lyon. All three teams are unbeaten this season and have 10 points from four games but Bordeaux has a better goal difference. Marseille is in fifth place with eight points.

Before the game started, Marseille supporters paid tribute to the club's longtime owner Robert Louis-Dreyfus, who died in July of leukemia at the age of 63. A huge flag emblazoned with Dreyfus' face was displayed on the turf.

Also Sunday, Jeremy Clement, Peguy Luyindula and Christophe Jallet all scored in Paris Saint-Germain's 3-0 win over Lille to help the club clinch its third consecutive win.

Valenciennes scored its first points after three consecutive losses when striker Mamadou Samassa slotted home in the 86th minute in a 1-0 away win at Toulouse.

Meanwhile in Germany, Paolo Guerrero scored two goals on Sunday to help Hamburger SV beat Cologne 3-1 and take the lead in the Bundesliga on goal difference from Bayer Leverkusen.

The Peruvian international striker now tops the list of scorers with four goals in four games along with Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling.

In the earlier game, Mesut Oezil scored one goal and set up another in Werder Bremen's 3-2 win at Hertha Berlin.

Marko Marin set up two goals for Werder, which jumped to third place in the standings. Hertha, fourth last season, dropped to 16th place.


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