Ligue 1 round-up
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Reigning champions Lyon hammered second-placed Marseille to open up an eight point lead at the top of Ligue 1.
Gerard Houllier's stars already look like nailed-on certainties for a remarkable sixth title win in succession after just ten games, and a comprehensive 4-1 victory at Stade Velodrome served to underline their dominance of French football.
L'OM had been Lyon's closest challengers so far this season but came unstuck at home, with Brazilian magician Juninho Pernambucano opening the scoring for the visitors after 20 minutes.
Young prospect Karim Benzema (47) doubled their advantage and Marseille's hopes were hit further by a 55th minute dismissal for Taye Taiwo.
Whilst Habib Bamago's 69th minute reply did give L'OM hope of an unlikely comeback, it was quickly squashed when Juninho claimed his second of the game (77).
Swedish international Kim Kallstrom completed the rout with four minutes to go as Lyon cemented their position at the top of the table in imperious fashion.
Auxerre and Paris Saint Germain shared a 0-0 draw that does little for either side's hopes of correcting their slow starts to the season.
The Parisians were the better side at Stade Abbe-Deschamps, but were unable to break the deadlock as they moved to 13th in Le Championnat.
Auxerre are just a point further ahead following the draw, having now collected 13 points from 10 games.