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Lyon held to 0-0 draw at Auxerre

Lyon held to 0-0 draw at Auxerre

Seven-time defending champion Lyon was held to a 0-0 draw at Auxerre in its third straight match without a win in the French league on Saturday.
Lyon will lose the top spot if Marseille beats Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.
Auxerre's strikers had chances to win the match. Kevin Lejeune and Ireneusz Jelen both hit the post and Dennis Oliech fluffed a one-on-one with Lyon goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre in the 82nd.
"It was a tough match," Lyon coach Claude Puel said. "We're not going to make any excuses but it's an away match and, given what happened, we can be happy with a point."
Lyon hopes to bounce back against winless Sochaux on Wednesday.
After 10 rounds, Lyon has 21 points, only two clear of Marseille. Third-place Le Mans and fourth-place Bordeaux both squandered leads and have 18 points, as does Toulouse.
Bordeaux led 2-0 and drew 2-2 at Nice, Le Mans twice led in a 2-2 draw at Rennes, and fifth-place Toulouse drew 0-0 with Monaco.
"It's a very tough league and every point is important," Puel said. "We have to keep that in mind and fight."
Also, it was Lorient 3, Nantes 0; Lille 2, Caen 2; and Le Havre 2, Valenciennes 1.
Lyon midfielder Ederson headed over a cross from Fabio Grosso and winger Abdulkader Keita hit the crossbar with an audacious lob from 30 yards (meters) as the French champions pressured early on.
But Lyon's defense was almost caught out in the 12th when Jelen's low shot was saved by Vercoutre, Lejeune headed against a post in the 31st, and Ghanaian midfielder Moussa Narry headed wide from close range when unmarked in the 42nd.
Auxerre goalkeeper Remy Riou made a spectacular save in the 56th to keep out Juninho's free kick, but Auxerre threatened again when Jelen hit the post in the 64th.
Goals by Gervinho and a penalty kick from Mathieu Coutadeur gave Le Mans a 2-1 lead at halftime, with Jimmy Briand getting a goal for Rennes with a neat lob after running onto a precise pass from strike partner Mickael Pagis.
Pagis equalized in the 78th when he chested down a pass from Sylvain Wiltord and finished calmly.
Brazilian winger Wendel gave Bordeaux the lead in the 11th with a curling free kick from 35 yards (meters), and forward Fernando Cavenaghi made it 2-0 with a penalty kick in the 57th. Eric Mouloungui replied in the 84th and Loic Remy's penalty in the sixth minute of injury time made it 2-2.
At Le Havre, Luigi Pieroni scored in the second minute to give Valenciennes the lead, only for veteran striker Jean-Michel Lesage to level for Le Havre in the 24th and seal the win in the 48th with another clinical finish.
Two goals by Ludovic Obraniak put Lille 2-0 up by the interval. The midfielder got his first after nine minutes and added another goal in the 39th with a powerful finish after collecting a pass from Brazilian forward Tulio De Melo.
Caen defender Nicolas Seube pulled a goal back straight after the interval, and Steve Savidan equalized in the 64th.
Fabrice Abriel got Lorient's opening goal in the 31st after good work from Jeremy Morel and Yann Jouffre. Morel got Lorient's second after a scramble inside the penalty area, and Kevin Gameiro added a third.
Also Sunday, Nancy hosts Sochaux and Saint-Etienne faces Grenoble.
Sochaux, which is in last place with five points, is the only team without a win.


Updated : 2021-04-23 20:32 GMT+08:00