Ligue 1 round-up
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyon increased their lead in Ligue 1 after a 3-1 success over Ajaccio in Corsica.
Lyon increased their lead in Ligue 1 to nine points after a 3-1 success over struggling Ajaccio in Corsica.
All the goals came in the final 34 minutes of the match at the Stade Francois-Coty, with Brazilian star Juninho Pernambucano breaking the deadlock on 56 minutes.
Fellow Brazilian Fred (77) doubled the advantage for Gerard Houllier's side before Waldir Lucas Pereira made the game a contest with an Ajaccio reply seven minutes from the end.
Lyon made the game safe with a third goal from Karim Benzema with two minutes remaining.
With Bordeaux's match at Sochaux postponed due to snowy conditions, third place Lille also took advantage with a 4-0 home demolition of Le Mans.
Peter Odemwingie (16), Mathieu Bodmer (38), Rafael Schmitz (55) and Kevin Mirallas (75) all found the scoresheet for the Northern French club.
Lens earned a goalless draw at Nice, despite losing Alou Diarra to a red card for a deliberate handball before the break at Stade Municipal du Ray.
Goals from Kim Kallstrom (63) and Jimmy Briand (66) gave Rennes a 2-1 win over struggling Strasbourg.
Cedric Kante (80) scored a consolation for the visitors.
Toulouse held Nancy to a 1-1 home draw, with the visitors taking the lead through Adrian Sarkisian (67).
Achille Emana (74) made sure there was a share of the spoils at Stadium Municipal.
Finally, Metz made it four matches undefeated after a crucial 2-1 home victory over Monaco.
Italian striker Marco Di Vaio gave Monaco a half-time lead before a Jaroslav Plasil own-goal restored parity on 72 minutes at Stade Saint-Symphorien.
That allowed Herve Tum to score Metz's winner with nine minutes remaining.