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Lyon celebrates sixth title with home win over Le Mans

Lyon celebrates sixth title with home win over Le Mans

Fred and Florent Malouda scored for French champion Lyon to celebrate its sixth straight title by beating Le Mans 2-1 on Saturday.
Fred gave Lyon a 38th-minute lead at the Stade Gerland with his 11th league goal of the season when he tapped home from close range after goalkeeper Yohan Pele had blocked Malouda's header.
An error from Lyon defender Eric Abidal in the 62nd allowed Brazilian forward Grafite to pull the visitors level with his 10th of the campaign.
But Malouda got the winner four minutes later when he converted Anthony Reveillere's cross.
The win was Lyon's 22nd from 34 rounds and moved it to 74 points _ 21 more than second-place Lens, which plays at third-place Bordeaux on Sunday.
Bordeaux and Toulouse have 52 points. Toulouse, which lost 3-1 at home to Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday, has a worse goal differential.
PSG's win extended its unbeaten run to five matches and moved it into 15th place with 41 points.
Peguy Luyindula, Edouard Cisse and Jerome Rothen scored for PSG after Fode Mansare had given Toulouse an eighth-minute lead by weaving past several defenders before slotting the ball in.
Luyindula leveled for PSG in the 32nd, Cisse drove home powerfully from the edge of the area in the 44th, and Rothen added a goal in injury time.
PSG team has secured 13 points _ four wins and a draw _ from its last five matches.
"We're not there (safe) yet _ almost," Rothen told Canal Plus television. "This victory does us a lot of good. We won't stop now. We are in great form and we want to continue. The spirit that is in our group is starting to bear fruit."
Also Saturday, it was: Lille 0, Nancy 1; Troyes 3, Sedan 2; Nice 0, Auxerre 0; Nantes 0, Rennes 2; Valenciennes 2, Monaco 2, and Lorient 0, Saint-Etienne 0.
Substitute Issiar Dia scored Nancy's winner in the 75th, while Blaise Matuidi notched in the 74th and 82nd to seal the win for Troyes.
Midfielder Cedric Barbosa gave Troyes the lead in the 32nd minute, but defender Yohan Lachor equalized for Sedan in the 55th and Cameroon forward Joseph-Desire Job gave the visitors the lead in the 68th.
Valenciennes had two late goals from Rudy Haddad in the 84th and Eric Chelle in the 88th. Monaco had earlier led 2-0 through Jeremy Menez's free kick and a goal from Czech Republic striker Jan Koller.
At Nantes, former France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez conceded two goals in four minutes. Nigeria forward John Utaka scored the first in the 55th and then created the second for striker Jimmy Briand in the 59th.
Eight-time French champion Nantes is in last place with 30 points and facing relegation after 44 years in the top flight.
No. 19 Sedan has 31 points, while Troyes is 18th with 35 points and only three behind No. 17 Nice.


Updated : 2021-04-17 21:42 GMT+08:00