Ligue 1: Lyon see off PSG with late goals

December 10, 2006

PARIS, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyon needed two late goals to tame a brave Paris St Germain side 3-1 on Sunday.

The score was 1-1 with three minutes left but Brazil defender Cris and France midfielder Florent Malouda then struck in quick succession to give Lyon the points.

The five-times champions are on 46 points from 17 games, 14 points clear of second-placed Racing Lens, who won 1-0 at Toulouse on Saturday.

Lyon opened the scoring just before the end of a tight first half, when Sylvain Wiltord deflected a Juninho free kick into the net with a header.

PSG kept fighting in the second half and were rewarded when striker and captain Pauleta levelled with a superb free kick from 20 metres.

The Parisians had set up camp in the French Alps three days before the game to prepare for the challenge.

They lived up to it, giving Lyon a hard time throughout the match, but still lost to drop a spot to 15th, 29 points off the pace.

PSG are facing a crisis off the pitch after the death of a fan following last month's 4-2 UEFA Cup defeat by Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Lille lost ground when they were held to a 2-2 home draw by St Etienne in a lively match earlier on Sunday.

Lille looked tired four days after a stunning 2-0 win over AC Milan at the San Siro took them through to the knockout stage of the Champions League.

The northerners stayed third but fell two points behind Lens.

Brazilian forward Ilan opened the scoring for St Etienne from close range on eight minutes but Lille responded through midfielder Mathieu Bodmer on 22 minutes before Ivory Coast forward Kader Keita put them in the lead in the 54th minute.

The home side then appeared to run out of steam and Ilan enabled St Etienne to share the points with his second goal of the night in the 67th minute.