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Lyon finish third and relegate Monaco

Published: Sunday 29 May 2011, 23.30CET
Olympique Lyonnais secured third place in Ligue 1 and a UEFA Champions League play-off berth with a 2-0 win at AS Monaco FC that ends the home side's 34-season stay in the top flight.
Lyon finish third and relegate Monaco
Lyon's Jimmy Briand (left) challenges Adriano Pereira ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 29 May 2011, 23.30CET

Lyon finish third and relegate Monaco

Olympique Lyonnais secured third place in Ligue 1 and a UEFA Champions League play-off berth with a 2-0 win at AS Monaco FC that ends the home side's 34-season stay in the top flight.

Olympique Lyonnais recorded a 2-0 victory at AS Monaco FC that books their place in next season's UEFA Champions League play-off round – but relegates their hosts from Ligue 1.

While LOSC Lille Métropole and Olympique de Marsille had already made sure of the top two positions, and UEFA Champions League group stage berths, before Sunday's concluding round, third-placed Lyon led PSG by only two points at kick-off.

Meanwhile, Monaco needed a good result in their 2000th top-flight match to escape the bottom three and prolong their 34-season stay in the division, with six other clubs in potential danger of joining RC Lens and AC Arles-Avignon in Ligue 2.

Following a tight opening hour, Pape Diakhaté broke the deadlock for Lyon midway through the second half after Sébastien Chabbert could only parry a Maxime Gonalons effort. With eight minutes left, Lisandro sealed Monaco's demise from Aly Cissokho's centre.

PSG were held 1-1 by AS Saint-Étienne and will enter the UEFA Europa League in the play-off round along with FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, who beat Arles 3-1 to take fifth place from Stade Rennais FC, themselves to start in the third qualifying round after losing 3-2 to double winners Lille.

The team most relieved by the Monaco result were OGC Nice, surviving by two points despite a 2-1 loss to Valenciennes FC − another of the clubs who began the day in danger.

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Results

French Ligue 1 2010/11

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 28/06/2011 14:49 CET

29/05/2011

NancyNancy4-0LensLens

Touré 45 (o.g.), Berenguer 29, 49, Vahirua 90+2

Venue: Nancy

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LorientLorient1-2AuxerreAuxerre

Gameiro 20

Ecuele Manga 25 (o.g.), Birsa 49

Venue: Lorient

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MonacoMonaco0-2LyonLyon

Diakhaté 67, Lisandro 82

Venue: Monaco

29/05/2011

BordeauxBordeaux2-0MontpellierMontpellier

Diabate 15, Wendel 37

Venue: Bordeaux

29/05/2011

ValenciennesValenciennes2-1NiceNice

Pujol 48, 69

Mouloungui 87

Venue: Valenciennes

29/05/2011

LilleLille3-2RennesRennes

Sow 35 (p), 61, 76

Chedjou 26 (o.g.), Montano 82

Venue: Lille

29/05/2011

ArlesArles1-3SochauxSochaux

Cabela 28

Boudebouz 18 (p), Nogueira 50, Maiga 83

Venue: Arles

29/05/2011

CaenCaen2-2MarseilleMarseille

Mollo 7, Niang 45

Rémy 68, 88

Venue: Caen

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St-EtienneSt-Etienne1-1PSGPSG

Guilavogui 70

Bodmer 90+1 (p)

Venue: St Etienne

29/05/2011

BrestBrest0-2ToulouseToulouse

Pentecôte 3, 63

Venue: Brest

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