CHEYROU GOAL PUTS LILLE THREE CLEAR

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LILLE moved three points clear at the top of Le Championnet thanks to a 23rd minute strike by Bruno Cheyrou and last season's promoted side could be headed for a stunning successive championship win.

Marseille had easily coped with Lille's early forays until Cheyrou found himself in space in the centre of the park and launched a strike from fully 30 yards that flew into the net.

Mile Sterjovski just missed out on increasing the lead but hit his shot against the post in the second half.

After the goal, the home side were content to play counter-attacking football as their defence held firm.

Sedan moved into second after a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Lens as they struggled to maintain their unbeaten home record.

The local derby saw ten bookings in a physical contest but it was the visitors that held the interval lead, thanks to Lamine Sakho's opener.

In the second half, Sedan took control and were leading by goals from Olivier Quint and Cedric Mionnet only to concede an 82nd minute equaliser to Charles-Eduoard Corridon.

Metz moved out of the bottom three with a 3-0 win over fellow strugglers St Etienne in a game marred by crowd violence.

Mario Espartero got the opener after just four minutes and when Brazilian striker Alex saw his penalty saved in the second half, it seemed like the visitors were going to be out of luck.

So it proved as Jonathan Jager netted twice late on to give the scoreline a flattering appearance.

However, Strasbourg look set for Second Division football as they lost 1-0 at home to Guingamp.

In atrocious conditions it was Abdelhafid Tasfaout who got the only goal in the 73rd minute.

Monaco's dismal season continued with a 1-0 defeat at Auxerre, Djibril Cisse's 15th minute strike enough to decide the contest.

To make matters worse for The Principality club they saw Ludovic Giuly's seemingly good goal ruled out for offside and Rafael Marquez sent off for his second bookable offence.

An amazing game in Bastia saw Troyes escape with a 2-2 draw, with all the goals coming in the first quarter of the game.

The home side were two up within eight minutes thanks to Yann Lachuer and a Pierre-Yves Andre penalty, but the visitors struck back with a brace from Rafik Saifi.

Paris Saint Germain managed a fine 3-0 win over Toulouse but left it late to seal the win.

Jay Jay Okocha put the home side infront with a 30 yard blast with 25 minutes remaining, with Laurent Leroy and Nicolas Anelka adding late efforts.

Earlier in the day, Lyon had sneaked past Bordeaux 2-1 to maintain their presence at the top of the table.

On loan striker Tony Vairelles had given the visitors a first half lead, as he beat the offside trap to fire home but Bordeaux struck back and goals from Steve Marlet and Sonny Anderson gave them victory.

Marlet poked in a close-range effort, whilst Anderson struck a crisp first-time shot past Ulrich Rame with just eight minutes to go.