Hatem Ben Arfa scored his first ever league goal as Olympique Lyonnais beat lowly CS Sedan-Ardennes to close within two points of a sixth consecutive Ligue 1 title on the lowest scoring weekend the French top flight has ever witnessed.
Just eight goals came in ten games, surpassing the record of nine set during the 1986/87 season. One came in the match at the Stade Gerland, where Ben Arfa earned Lyon three points against Sedan after a battling performance by the relegation-threatened side. The 20-year-old forward struck a minute before the interval, applying a right-foot volley to Anthony Réveillère's pin-point cross. "Full credit to Sedan, they gave us a fright in the first half. We scored before half-time and played better in the second half though we lacked the scoring touch," said Lyon manager Gérard Houllier.
Victory sees Les Gones move 17 points clear of second-placed Toulouse FC, and they can clinch the title if they beat Stade Rennais FC on Wednesday. Rennes are currently ninth, a point behind AS Saint-Etienne whose aspirations of securing European football next season were dealt a blow as lowly OGC Nice came from behind to win 2-1 thanks to two goals from David Bellion – it was Ligue 1's highest scoring match of the weekend.
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