Pastore proves worth as PSG go joint top

PARIS - Javier Pastore once again proved his worth as the Argentine midfielder netted twice to help earn Paris Saint-Germain a 3-0 win at Montpellier and joint top spot in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Pastore, who moved to PSG from Palermo for a French record 42 million euro fee, added to Kevin Gameiro's opener with a stunning volley from Siaka Tiene's cross and made it 3-0 10 minutes from time after a defensive blunder.

Gameiro opened the scoring agains the Ligue 1 pacesetters with a fine volley five minutes before the break but it was Pastore's class that caught the eye.

In six league appearances, the Argentina international has already scored four goals and set up two, adding much-needed technical ability to his team's midfield.

PSG have 17 points from eight games, level on goal difference with Olympique Lyon who beat visitors Girondins Bordeaux 3-1 thanks to a Bafetimbi Gomis double.

Montpellier, on 16 points, dropped from first to fourth, one place behind Toulouse who beat Nancy 1-0 thanks to a second-half goal by Turkish striker Umut Bulut.

France striker Gomis put Lyon 2-0 up by half-time, with Brazilian Michel Bastos adding a third after the break.

PERFECT CROSS

Gomis latched onto a perfect cross from Bastos to put the home side ahead after eight minutes and was on the spot again in the 33rd when he capitalised on fine work by Clement Grenier on the right flank to fire past Cedric Carrasso.

Man-of-the-match Bastos whizzed into the box and flicked the ball past Carrasso to put the result beyond doubt just past the hour mark, with Anthony Modeste scoring a consolation penalty for the visitors spot in the 86th.

Lille's former England forward Joe Cole, on loan from Liverpool, netted his first Ligue 1 goal but the champions were still held to a 1-1 draw at home by Lorient after Kevin M Monnet-Paquet equalised in added-time.

Cole, who has shown impressive form in his four Ligue 1 appearances, scored with a superb 20-metre strike but once again Lille failed to keep a clean sheet.

They have drawn their last four games in all competitions, blowing the lead three times in the last five minutes, and now sit in sixth place with 13 points from eight games.

Olympique Marseille, down to 10 men after Rod Fanni was sent off on the stroke of half-time, also had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Valenciennes after Jose Saez struck three minutes into added-time to cancel out Souleymane Diawara's first-half opener.

Marseille, having won only one league game this season, are languishing in 13th spot on seven points.