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France: L’OL move seven points clear at the top of the table

16 October 2005 22:58

LYON, Oct 16 (SW) – Gerard Houllier’s Olympique Lyonnais moved 7 points clear at the top of the French Ligue 1 table following their home win over Ajaccio, and the defeat of their rivals PSG away to Marseille.

Lyon - Ajaccio 3-2

New Brazilian signing Fred was first to open the score with a 30th-minute effort, and everybody were quick to assume the defending champions were going to stroll through the rest of their encounter against Ajaccio.

But the Corsican levelled the score line only a handful of minutes later, Kaba Diawara making the best of an awarded penalty kick. Lyon star playmaker Juninho allowed his side to regain the lead thanks to a powerful drive in the 50th minute, but yet again, both teams were back on level terms, former Chelsea midfielder Tiago heading an unfortunate own goal, following a Chafni free kick in the 54th minute.

It all looked like both sides were going to share the points, but France international Sylvain Wiltord ended his prolific week with a last effort, his 69th-minute goal handing Gerard Houllier’s side all three points on the night.

Marseille - Paris Saint Germain 1-0

Finally, PSG were travelling without best goal scorer of the club Pauleta (suspended) to l’OM’s Velodrome for yet another clash between the arch-rivals. Although Marseille dominated most of the first half, PSG had the best opportunities of the first 45 minutes, and it took a very concentrated Fabien Barthez, just back in action from his lengthy suspension, to deny the dangerous Parisian attempts.

In the second half, l’OM added more pressure onto the PSG defence, and eventually found the back of the net, Loic Cana ironically beating his former side with a first-post header following a Nasri corner kick (79’).

The win takes Marseille to a promising 7th seat in the table with 17 points, while PSG lose crucial points in the title race but remain runners-up with 20 units.

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Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 19 +21 41
2 19 +19 38
3 18 +18 36
4 18 +7 33
5 19 +5 32
6 18 +4 31
7 19 +2 30
8 19 -3 28
9 19 -5 28
10 19 +2 26
11 19 -5 22
12 19 -11 22
13 18 -2 21
14 19 -7 21
15 19 -5 20
16 19 -4 19
17 17 -9 19
18 19 -10 19
19 19 -7 18
20 19 -10 15

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