Mon, Nov 20, 2006 - Page 19 News List

Lyon increase lead to 12 points at top of French league

AP , PARIS

Sedan's Aliou Cisse, left, fights for the ball with Kim Kallstrom of Lyon during their French League 1 soccer match in Sedan on Saturday.

PHOTO: EPA

French league front-runner Lyon needed a late own goal from defender Nadjim Abdou to beat last-placed Sedan 1-0 and open up a 12-point lead in the standings on Saturday.

Abdou turned the ball into his own net in the 80th minute after intercepting a cross from Lyon's Hatem Ben Arfa.

The win moved five-time defending champion Lyon onto 37 points from 14 rounds. Lille, which drew 0-0 at Sochaux, was second with 25 points.

Paris Saint-Germain lost 0-2 to Bordeaux suffering its second straight home defeat, putting more pressure on coach Guy Lacombe. Bordeaux's goals came from Brazilian Wendel and veteran striker Lilian Laslandes.

Saint-Etienne beat Nice 2-1 thanks to goals from Frederic Piquionne and Pascal Feindouno.

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