LYON, Apr 8 (SW) - Lyon continued their march to a fifth consecutive title on Saturday with a victory over Nice, but the bigger story was the race for third place that became really interesting with a bundle of teams in the mix.
Lyon - Nice 2-1
Reeling from a heartbreak in the Champions League against AC Milan, Lyon jumped out quickly, grabbing the lead in the 21st minute as Fred found the back of the net.
Nice, though, weren't to be pushed around by the runaway French leaders, and they found themselves level in the 37th minute as Ederson beat Grégory Coupet in the Lyon goal.
Lyon were not to be denied as Florent Malouda netted the winner six minutes after the second-half restart and now Gérard Houllier's men can make sure of the title next week with a win next week at PSG.
Bordeaux - Saint-Etienne 0-0
Bordeaux could have moved eight points clear in second place, but a draw at home against Saint-Etienne left the door open for other clubs to come closer.
Nancy - Lille 0-0
Lille, who are currenty in third place by a margin of two points also had a golden chance to extend that advantage but were held by Nancy.
Lille now have five clubs within four points of them, two of them - Rennes and Auxerre - not playing until Sunday.
Lens - Paris Saint-Germain 1-1
Two of those sides are Lens and PSG, who played to draw but only after a late penalty rescued the home side.
Bonaventure Kalou had given PSG the lead in the 78th minute, but Mario Yepes foul had him sent off a minute from time and Jussie converted the spot kick to earn the point for Lens.
Monaco - Marseille 1-0
Marseille now sit three points back of Lille after falling to defeat away to struggling Monaco.
In-form striker Ernesto Chevantón's goal in the 28th minute was all that Francesco Guidolin's team needed to grab three points.
Ajaccio - Toulouse 1-0
At the other end of the table, Ajaccio crept off of the bottom with a win over Toulouse.
Kaba Diawara scored in the 65th minute to send Ajaccio to a much-needed win, but they still remain five points from safety with just four matches to play.
Metz - Troyes 2-4
Metz, meanwhile, went back to the foot of the table after falling in an offensive showcase against Troyes.
An own goal by Metz's Carl Medjani gifted Troyes a lead in the 28th minute before Sébastien Dallet doubled the advantage in the 52nd minute.
Abdelnasser Ouadah got Metz within a goal on the hour mark, but further strikes from Benjamin Nivet and Sébastien Grax extended the Troyes lead to 4-1 before Babacar Gueye got a late consolation goal for Metz.
Strasbourg - Nantes 0-1
Strasbourg are also five points away from the safety zone after being beaten at home by Nantes on Saturday.
A goal by Aurélien Capoue in the 29th minute was all Nantes needed to condemn Strasbourg to defeat.
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