Tue, Apr 24, 2007 - Page 19 News List

Lyon win record sixth straight French title

AP , PARIS

Olympique Lyon's Florent Malouda, left, and Juninho celebrate after their French Ligue 1 soccer match against Auxerre at the Abbe Deschamps stadium in Auxerre, France, on Sunday.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Lyon celebrated their record sixth straight title after drawing 0-0 with mid-table Auxerre and stretching their unbeaten streak in the French league to 10 games.

Auxerre goalkeeper Olivier Sorin denied several Lyon attacks to the match scoreless.

"We had scoring opportunities -- at least three. We should have converted one out of the three," Lyon coach Gerard Houllier said. "We dominated ball possession. But we didn't do enough damage offensively."

Elsewhere on Sunday, Fernando and Gabriel Obertan helped Bordeaux edge Saint-Etienne 2-0 to keep alive their hopes of a European Champions League berth.

Lyon won the title in record quick time on Saturday after Toulouse lost 3-2 to Rennes which meant no team could catch the runaway champions.

Also on Saturday, it was: Lens 2, Le Mans 0; Marseille 2, Troyes 1; Sochaux 1, Lorient 1; Monaco 3, Lille 1; Nancy 1, Valenciennes 0; Paris Saint-Germain 4, Nantes 0; and Sedan 1, Nice 1.

On Sunday, Sorin thwarted Juninho in the 19th minute, knocking away the Brazilian's curling free kick. He also denied Milan Baros in the 45th, blocking a shot after Baros dribbled past two Auxerre defenders.

Baros again failed to beat Sorin from close range in the 48th, and the goalkeeper punched a low strike from substitute Gregory Bettiol in the 90th to safety.

Benoit Pedretti had Auxerre's best chance with a 30m drive toward the top right corner, but Lyon goalkeeper Gregory Coupet leapt to block the shot.

In Sunday's other game, Brazilian midfielder Fernando headed in a free kick from Geraldo Wendel in the 50th minute and Obertan charged down the right flank to add Bordeaux's insurance goal in stoppage time.

Bordeaux climbed to third place on goal difference, trailing second-place Lens by just one point.

Saint-Etienne saw their European ambitions fade away with the loss, dropping to ninth place.

Goalkeeper Ulrich Rame made three key saves to contribute to the victory.

He diverted a header from Zoumana Camara onto the crossbar in the 27th minute, stopped a close-range flick from Brazilian forward Araujo Ilan in the 54th, and tipped a blast from Loic Perrin over the bar five minutes later.

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