Mon, Nov 20, 2006 - Page 19 News List

Lyon increase lead to 12 points at top of French league


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.


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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