By Chris Burke
SM Caen have given hope to the teams chasing Olympique Lyonnais by inflicting only the champions' second Ligue 1 defeat this season with a 1-0 win at the Stade Michel D'Ornano.
Lyon, eight points clear of Olympique de Marseille, were desperate to bounce back after their French Cup elimination at the hands of Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot Auvergne on Tuesday. But they found life difficult against a solid Caen team in need of points to maintain their top-flight status.
The Normandy outfit have the worst defence in Ligue 1, however they were rarely threatened in the first half and could have taken the lead when Lyon goalkeeper Grégory Coupet was forced to dive at Anthony Deroin's feet. Lyon had more purpose after the restart, but Caen continued to attack and found a breakthrough less than 20 minutes from time when Sébastien Mazure collected a Cyrille Watier pass, swept past two defenders and fired in.
One goal enough
Zoran Jovivic missed the chance to make it 2-0 in the closing stages, Caen have now moved up one place to 16th. Lyon will see their lead reduced this weekend if LOSC Lille Métropole win at SC Bastia on Saturday or Marseille prevail in Sunday's encounter with AS Saint-Etienne.
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