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Lyon close net on sixth title

Published: Sunday 15 April 2007, 23.21CET
Olympique Lyonnais could secure the French title on Wednesday after beating CS Sedan-Ardennes 1-0 on a weekend that witnessed just eight goals in Ligue 1.

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Published: Sunday 15 April 2007, 23.21CET

Lyon close net on sixth title

Olympique Lyonnais could secure the French title on Wednesday after beating CS Sedan-Ardennes 1-0 on a weekend that witnessed just eight goals in Ligue 1.

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.

'A fright'
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.

Rennes meeting
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.

Last updated: 16/04/07 12.13CET

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