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France round-up: Down to the wire

Published: Sunday 28 April 2002, 0.57CET
RC Lens and Olympique Lyonnais won to set up a dramatic finale to the Division 1 season.

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Published: Sunday 28 April 2002, 0.57CET

France round-up: Down to the wire

RC Lens and Olympique Lyonnais won to set up a dramatic finale to the Division 1 season.
RC Lens and Olympique Lyonnais both won tonight to set up a dramatic finish to the Division 1 season.

Lens stay focused
Leaders Lens underlined their claim to a first title in four years with a 4-1 thrashing of En Avant Guingamp at the Félix-Bollaert stadium. Goals from El Hadji Diouf and Adam Coulibaly gave the Sang et Or a half-time lead which they doubled through Diouf and Daniel Moreira. Didier Drogba's 69th-minute strike was no consolation for Guingamp who still occupy the second relegation place.

It's up for grabs now
Lens must now avoid defeat in their final match at Lyon next Saturday. Joël Muller's side have a one-point advantage over the Gerland outfit who kept their hopes alive with 1-0 win at FC Girondins de Bordeaux. Sonny Anderson was the hero for Lyon with a 70th-minute strike at the Chaban-Delmas stadium.

Auxerre drop points
Meanwhile, AJ Auxerre are still not certain of third place and automatic qualification for the UEFA Champions League after they drew 1-1 at AS Monaco FC. Guy Roux's team were grateful for Djibril Cissé's second-half equaliser following Shabani Nonda's opener at the Louis II stadium.

PSG on the rise
Paris Saint-Germain FC moved to within a point of Auxerre with a 2-0 victory over FC Metz who could still be relegated. Fabrice Fiorèse and Ronaldinho Gaucho were on target at the Parc des Princes.

Lorient leveller
Elsewhere, bottom club FC Lorient may yet avoid the drop. They lie two points behind Guingamp and Metz after Nicolas Esceth-n'zi's late leveller earned a 2-2 home draw with Olympique de Marseille.

UEFA Cup places booked
ES Troyes Aube Champagne will play in the UEFA Cup next term thanks to their 3-0 triumph against SC Bastia which secured seventh place in the table. Troyes will be joined in the competition by Bordeaux and Lille OSC who were involved in a stalemate at FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.

Nantes fall
In today's other games, Stade Rennais FC edged out CS Sedan-Ardennes 1-0, while the mid-table meeting of Montpellier Hérault SC and FC Nantes Atlantique ended in a 3-0 reverse for the outgoing champions.

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