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By Patrick Vignal
PARIS Dec 14 Olympique Marseille held Ligue 1
leaders Olympique Lyon to a goalless draw in a tight, tactical
top-of-table clash on Sunday.
The result left Lyon, chasing an eighth consecutive title,
three points ahead of second-placed Marseille with one game to
go before the winter break.
Lyon have 35 points from 18 games, with Marseille,
third-placed Girondins Bordeaux and fourth-placed Paris St
Germain all on 32 points.
A tense affair featuring five yellow cards, the game at
Lyon, played on a soggy pitch, produced few highlights.
Marseille, who would have gone top with a win, wasted a
great chance when midfielder Mathieu Valbuena shot straight at
Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris from close range on 35 minutes.
Lyon, who have now gone four league matches without a win,
let Marseille dictate play and relied on counter-attacks before
turning the pressure on in the closing stages but were rarely
"We had a few chances but couldn't score", Lyon coach Claude
Puel told reporters. "Both teams were tired and you could see
that. We did what we could."
Bordeaux won 3-1 at Le Mans and Paris St Germain, recovering
after narrowly escaping relegation last season, won 2-1 at
(Editing by Karolos Grohmann/Rex Gowar)