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12:00 AM, December 04, 2007 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 04, 2007

Lyon in full flow

Champions Lyon pulled further ahead of the pack in French league action on Sunday with a 5-0 rout of Strasbourg as their nearest rivals Nancy fell 2-1 at Le Mans.
Lyon's goal-fest, which included a double from Swedish international Kim Kallstrom, stretched their advantage to six points on Nancy who lost ground after suffering just their second defeat of the season on Saturday.
Kallstrom opened for the six-time champions after 13 minutes after a superb move between Francois Clerc, Juninho, Sidney Govou and Karim Benzema, and Juninho increased their advantage six minutes later with a free kick which left Stephane Cassard with no chance in the Strasbourg goal.
The pressure continued after the break with Benzema (65) adding a third and Clerc finishing off a Milan Baros pass for 12 minutes from time, with Kallstrom converting a penalty after 81 minutes.
Bordeaux, meanwhile, bounced back from last week's 5-0 rout at Caen to hold on to their third position with a hard-fought 4-3 win over visiting Toulouse on Sunday.
A double from Brazilian midfielder Wendel after seven and 39 minutes combined with Alou Diarra's 33rd-minute goal gave the Girondins a 3-0 advantage at the break.
But a hat-trick from Swedish striker Johan Elmander revived Toulouse before Pierre Ducasse dashed their hopes three minutes from time, to leave the south-western side just one point above the drop zone.
Earlier Sunday, Valenciennes' 3-0 win over Rennes saw them move up two places to fifth as the Brittany side dropped to seventh.
Meanwhile, Paris St Germain boss Paul Le Guen remained defiant despite his side slumping to their fifth defeat of the season at their Parc des Princes stadium, a 1-0 loss to Caen, on Saturday.
Nicolas Florentin's 74th-minute strike was the only goal of the night as PSG remain stuck in the relegation zone with just 16 points from 16 games.
Sloppy defending by Brazilian Ceara allowed midfielder Florentin a golden opportunity which he did not miss.
But Le Guen insisted: "The season isn't over. It's the moment to dig deep and hold firm and show character. I'm totally committed. In any case I won't be going."
On Saturday, Nancy slumped despite taking the lead after nine minutes following a penalty converted by midfielder Benjamin Gavanon.
Le Mans levelled after 59 minutes with a Hassan Yebda header and superb finishing from Ivorian midfielder Gervinho (80) secured all three points for the hosts who move up two places into fourth with 26 points from 16 games.
Elsewhere, Marseille drew 1-1 at Lille as St Etienne were held 1-1 at Lorient as were Monaco in their Riveria derby with Nice.
Lens moved up to 11th position after a 2-0 win at second-from-bottom Sochaux as tailenders Metz lost 1-0 at home to resurgent Auxerre.

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