LILLE, May 6 (SW) - Lille took the upper hand in the chase for France's final Champions League spot in France thanks to a thrashing of Lyon while Marseille and Rennes were both held to draws.
Lille - Lyon 4-0
Last season's runners-up went in front after 35 minutes when Geoffrey Dernis gave them a 1-0 lead, and Peter Odemwinger scored a double in just three second-half minutes to extend the advantage to three goals.
Jean Makoun completed the rout with Lille's fourth goal five minutes from time, giving them a two-point edge in the battle for third place.
Marseille - Strasbourg 2-2
Relegated Strasbourg may have done enough to hamper Marseille's Champions League chase, forcing the home side to come from a goal down to get a draw at home.
Samir Nasri gave Marseille the lead on 47 minutes, but Yacine Abdessadki equalized for Strasbourg four minutes later. Then, Rudy Carlier's goal gave the visitors a 67th-minute lead until Franck Ribéry's equalizer five minutes later.
Saint-Etienne - Rennes 0-0
While Marseille still have a chance at third, Rennes' chances appear gone after a goalless draw left them three points behind Lille with a negative goal difference.
Lille, with a +25 difference, are well ahead of the -1 possessed by Rennes, who will likely now have to hang on for a berth in the UEFA Cup.
Nantes - Bordeaux 0-1
Bordeaux, who clinched second place in the midweek, kept up their fine run with a victory away to Nantes.
With several key players resting, one of the talismanic players for Bordeaux this season, Jean-Claude Darcheville, scored the winning goal in the 76th minute.
PSG - Ajaccio 2-4
Having already secured a UEFA Cup berth by winning the Coupe de France, PSG have nothing left to play for, and it showed in a loss at home to relegated Ajaccio.
Kamel Chafni put the visitors in front after 20 minutes, but Mario Yepes found an equalizer just after the half-hour mark. Pauleta's goal just after the restart gave PSG the lead, but then came the Ajaccio onslaught.
Djamel Abdoun and Chafni scored within three minutes of each other to give Ajaccio a 3-2 lead and Mathieu Scarpelli added an insurance strike late on.
Le Mans - Lens 0-0
Lens had their hopes of getting a UEFA Cup berth derailed a bit on Saturday as they were held to a stalemate away to Le Mans.
Lens sit sixth in the table, within two points of Marseille. Le Mans are comfortably 10th in the standings.
Nancy - Auxerre 1-3
Auxerre still have an outside chance at the UEFA Cup thanks to their victory at League Cup winners Nancy.
Luigi Pieroni grabbed control of the match for Auxerre with a goal in the 18th minute, and Yann Lachuer doubled the lead five minutes before the interval.
André Luiz's goal in the 86th minute for Nancy made the finish an interesting one, but Thomas Kahlenberg put the match beyond doubt with a goal in injury time for Auxerre.
Toulouse - Monaco 3-3
Monaco conceded a two-goal lead late on, denying them a victory away to Toulouse.
After Francileudo dos Santos gave Toulouse a 30th-minute lead, Serge Gakpe and Manuel Dos Santos both scored for Monaco to give the visitors a 2-1 half-time lead.
Ernesto Chevantón scored in the 56th minute to extend the lead to 3-1, but Daniel Moreira and Nicolas Dieuze struck late for the home side to level the match.
Sochaux - Troyes 1-1
Rabiu Afolabi scored to give Sochaux the lead on 18 minutes and it appeared that would hold up to be the winner until Sébsatien Grax scored at the death to snatch a point for Troyes.
Nice - Metz 2-1
Nice had to come from a goal down to defeat bottom side Metz at home, but it wasn't easy after Laurent Agouazzi gave Metz the lead on 21 minutes.
Sammy Traoré, though, equalized for Nice in the 56th minute before David Bellion grabbed the winning strike just eight minutes later.
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