Lyon set points record with crushing derby win

April 30, 2006
By Patrick Vignal

PARIS, April 30 (Reuters) - Champions Olympique Lyon set a single-season points record in Ligue 1 when they crushed neighbours St Etienne 4-0 on Sunday.

Lyon, who have already secured a fifth consecutive title, now have 81 points, two more than the record they matched last year and shared with Nantes and Monaco.

St Etienne midfielder David Hellebuyck put Lyon in the lead with an own goal after eight minutes.

Striker Fred doubled the lead with a superb shot from 20 metres in the 39th minute and fellow Brazilian Juninho put the issue beyond doubt with a penalty in the 56th. Midfielder Benoit Pedretti wrapped it up with nine minutes remaining.

Second-placed Girondins Bordeaux effectively won a ticket to the Champions League with a 2-2 draw at home to Le Mans that means they are almost certain to finish runners-up behind Lyon.

With two matches left, Bordeaux have 65 points, seven clear of third-placed Lille, who lost 4-2 at Racing Lens on Saturday.

Stade Rennes, in fifth place nine points behind Bordeaux, have three matches to play and mathematically can still finish second but that is unlikely, Bordeaux having a much better goal difference.

THREE DOWN

The top two qualify directly for the Champions League with the third-placed team entering the preliminary round.

The team cominng fourth goes into the UEFA Cup as do the Cup and League Cup winners Paris St Germain and Nancy respectively.

Racing Strasbourg, Ajaccio and Metz have been relegated to Ligue 2 after all three lost on Sunday.

Strasbourg, who stay third from bottom, are now 10 points from the first safe spot with two games left. Ajaccio follow a point back with Metz last a further point adrift.

Troyes held on to 17th place and made sure of staying in the top flight by recovering from a goal down to beat Toulouse 3-1.

Le Mans opened the scoring after 21 minutes against Bordeaux through Guinea forward Ismael Bangoura but the home side were level five minutes before the break courtesy of Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh.

Striker Jean-Claude Darcheville put Bordeaux in front after 54 minutes following a great solo run by Brazilian midfielder Denilson but Le Mans kept fighting and their Brazilian forward Grafite equalised nine minutes from time.