Ligue 1 leaders Lyon held to 0-0 draw at Bordeaux

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> French Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyon were held to a goalless draw away at Bordeaux on Saturday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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French Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyon were held to a goalless draw away at Bordeaux on Saturday. The result keeps the three-time Champions at the top of the table on 38 points from 18 games, but their lead was cut to three points as closest rivals Lille beat Nantes 2-1 at home. Bordeaux move up to sixth after their eleventh draw of the season. With the two most frugal defences in the French league coming together at the Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux on Saturday, any fireworks in front of goal might have been expected to be few and far between. But the crowd were treated to an action-packed game full of chances as leaders Lyon strove to improve upon their five-point lead at the top of the table. As soon as the fifth minute the visitors' Ghanaian midfielder Mickael Essien hit a post from Florent Malouda's lay off, while at the other end Bordeaux striker Jean-Claude Darcheville narrowly shot wide from distance six minutes before the break. The score might have been 3-3 before the start of the second half, but some stout defending, epitomised by Bordeaux's Mihalis Kapsis, kept the game goalless. The Greek defender spectacularly hooked away Lyon substitute Pierre-Alain Frau's goalbound effort with twenty minutes left. Bordeaux finished the stronger and would have stolen the points from a Kalu Uche header near the end but for Nicolas Puydebois' acrobatics in the Lyon goal. However, it finished 0-0. Lyon's lead was cut to three points by Lille's 2-1 win over Nantes and Bordeaux moved up a place to sixth following their fifth straight clean sheet. (AP)

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