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Superb Paris close in on Lyon

Paris St Germain moved to within one point of Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyon when a Ludovic Giuly double helped secure a 4-1 win at Nantes.

PARIS // Paris St Germain moved to within one point of Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyon when a Ludovic Giuly double helped secure a 4-1 win at Nantes on Saturday. The former Barcelona winger Giuly, who started in place of the injured Guillaume Hoarau, produced a man-of-the-match performance. He put the visitors ahead after 11 minutes then nine minutes later Peguy Luyindula scored a second.

Djamel Abdoun pulled one back for the home team shortly before the break with a penalty but with just three minutes of the second half gone Giuly struck again for his second and Paris St Germain's third. PSG midfielder Stephane Sessegnon's goal 20 minutes from time put the game beyond doubt. Third-placed PSG now have 42 points from 23 games, level with second-placed Girondins Bordeaux who last night travelled to Olympique Marseille.

Toulouse rose to fourth on 41 points with a 2-0 win at home to Le Mans thanks to Moussa Sissoko's strike before the break and Andre-Pierre Gignac's 14th goal of the season late on. Lille, who were 2-0 down at half-time, moved up to fifth when second-half goals by Pierre-Alain Frau, Robert Vittek and Eden Hazard helped them to a 3-2 win over strugglers Sochaux. Stade Rennes lost 1-0 at Le Havre, who scored a last-minute goal through Amadou Alassane, while St Etienne beat Caen 3-2.

In Germany, a late goal from Wellington rescued leaders Hoffenheim from defeat at the hands of Borussia Monchengladbach. Schalke overcame Werder Bremen 1-0 while Wolfsburg beat Bochum 2-0. Karlsruhe came back from two goals down to beat Hamburg 3-2. * Agencies