It now seems likely that Olympique Lyonnais' poor form away from the Gerland stadium will cost them the French title after a 1-0 defeat at fifth-placed Lille OSC.
While second-placed Lyon have not lost at home, they have won just four times on their travels and they failed to make up ground on leaders RC Lens on Saturday, going down to a Bruno Cheyrou goal after three minutes. It was a fine goal by Cheyrou, who beat three defenders before scoring with a strong drive. Victory for Lens at FC Girondins de Bordeaux tomorrow would take them nine points clear with just five rounds of matches remaining.
Ronaldinho at the double
Third-placed Paris Saint-Germain FC were 3-1 winners at home to ES Troyes Aube Champagne, despite trailing to a Michael Svensson header at the break. In the second half, substitute Aloisio equalised with a header from a corner taken by fellow Brazilian Ronaldinho and it was the latter who won the game for PSG with two goals of his own in the space of ten minutes.
Auxerre come from behind
Fourth-placed AJ Auxerre came from behind to beat the bottom club, FC Metz, 3-2. Metz, the longest-serving club in France's top flight, went ahead on the half hour through a Frédéric Meyrieu penalty and took a two-goal lead as Joseph-Desire headed over goalkeeper Fabien Cool just after the hour. However, Jean-Alain Boumsong's header reduced the arrears on 62 minutes and Philippe Mexes's close-range volley brought the equaliser 13 minutes from time. After Khalilou Fadiga had struck the winner from the penalty spot seven minutes from time, Metz's misery was compounded by the dismissal of defender Grégory Proment in the 84th minute for a second booking.
Berson boosts Nantes
Champions FC Nantes Atlantique did their chances of avoiding relegation considerable good with a 2-1 win against AS Monaco FC. After Sébastien Carole had given Monaco a 19th-minute lead, Pierre-Yves André levelled matters before Mathieu Berson scored the winner two minutes before half time.
Stéphane Crucet's 28th-minute goal gave eighth-placed FC Sochaux-Montbéliard a 1-0 win over En Avant Guingamp to retain an outside chance of Europe next season. In Montpellier, meanwhile, CS Sedan-Ardennes goalkeeper Patrick Regnault was injured by an object thrown from the crowd in an eventful goalless draw with Montpellier Hérault SC. The visitors played most of the game with only ten men after Luis Satorra was dismissed after just seven minutes. FC Lorient and SC Bastia also ground out a scoreless stalemate, in which Bastia's Morlaye Soumah was shown the red card in the final minute after a late tackle earned him a second booking.
Stade Rennais FC defeated Olympique de Marseille 2-1 to ease their relegation worries. Anthony Reveillère and Frédéric Piquionne struck on 60 and 73 minutes to put Rennes in control, although substitute Ibrahima Bakayoko headed a late reply for Marseille.
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