Lyon beat Lille 2-1

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

Late goals from Fred and Sebastien Squillaci gave Olympique Lyon a dramatic 2-1 victory at Lille in the French Ligue-1 on Friday.

Lyon beat Lille 2-1
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Late goals from Fred and Sebastien Squillaci gave Olympique Lyon a dramatic 2-1 victory at Lille in the French Ligue-1 on Friday. Despite maintaining a significant lead at the top of the table, Lyon came into the game struggling for form. In a lacklustre first half, they once again looked a far cry from the side that secured a fifth successive championship last season. Chances were few and far between and the hosts came closest to scoring when Yohan Cabaye's 40th minute snap-shot came back off the crossbar. The game came alive seven minutes after half-time when Johan Audel broke the deadlock. Poor handling A long throw-in was poorly dealt with by Jeremy Toulalan and Cris, who contrived to flick the ball behind them. It allowed Audel to turn and volley past Gregory Coupet from close range. Lyon brought on Milan Baros and Sidney Govou from the bench, but without the suspended Juninho and the injured Tiago they continued to lack creativity. However, they drew level in the 83rd minute, when Fred's stunning free-kick flew into Tony Sylva's top corner. Sebastien Squillaci won it for Lyon in the 89th minute, when he managed to get on the end of Toulalan's free-kick to glance home scrappily over Sylva from close range. It was a timely victory for Lyon after their recent struggles - Gerrad Houllier's side moving 14 points clear at the top.

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