Football: Lyon top, PSG pip Monaco for second

24th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 23 (AFP) - Lyon were officially crowned champions of the French championship for a third successive year on Sunday thanks to a 3-0 win over Lille.

 

PARIS, May 23 (AFP) - Lyon were officially crowned champions of the French championship for a third successive year on Sunday thanks to a 3-0 win over Lille.

Paris St Germain edged Bastia 1-0 to clinch the runners-up spot and the second automatic qualifying place for next season's Champions League leaving Monaco in third sport.

Monaco will now need to beat Porto in next week's Champions League final to avoid the qualifying rounds for the continent's top club competition next time around.

At the other end of the table, rock bottom Montpellier lost 4-0 at Rennes and were relegated along with Le Mans, despite their 3-0 over Lens, and Guingamp, 2-1 losers at Marseille.

Lyon were never threatened at the Stade Gerland and the only surprise was that it took 40 minutes for the opening goal to arrive when Sydney Govou converted a fine pass from Peguy Luyindula.

Mali international Djila Diarra then made it 2-0 with a 52nd minute penalty after Florent Malouda had been fouled before Luyindula grabbed the third ten minutes from time for his 16th of the season.

Vikash Dhorasoo, who is set to join AC Milan in the summer, left the pitch in the 70th minute to a standing ovation.

At Bastia, PSG, who had started the day in third place following Monaco's 3-1 win against Bordeaux on Friday, soaked up pressure from the home side before they struck the only goal of the game in the 52nd minute.

It was Portuguese striker Pauleta who was on target for the 18th time this season when he swooped onto a pass from Fabrice Fiorese to slot the ball home.

Liverpool-bound striker Djibril Cisse of Auxerre finished the season as the league's top marksman with 26 goals although he failed to find the net in his last game which ended in a 1-1 draw at Nice.

Auxerre will play in the UEFA Cup next season as will Sochaux despite losing 3-1 at Nantes.

Lens and Nantes will play in the Intertoto Cup as will Rennes who enter the competition after Marseille refused to take part.

Saint Etienne, Caen and Istres are the three sides who will be promoted from the second division.


French league table after the final day of the 2003/2004 season on Sunday (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points):

Lyon 38 24 7 7 64 26 79 champions
Paris SG 38 22 10 6 50 28 76
Monaco 38 21 12 5 59 30 75
Auxerre 38 19 8 11 60 34 65
Sochaux 38 18 9 11 54 42 63
Nantes 38 17 9 12 47 35 60
Marseille 38 17 6 15 51 45 57
Lens 38 15 8 15 34 48 53
Rennes 38 14 10 14 56 44 52
Lille 38 14 9 15 41 41 51
Nice 38 11 17 10 42 39 50
Bordeaux 38 13 11 14 40 43 50
Strasbourg 38 10 13 15 43 50 43
Metz 38 11 9 18 34 42 42
Ajaccio 38 10 10 18 33 55 40
Toulouse 38 9 12 17 31 44 39
Bastia 38 9 12 17 33 49 39
Guingamp 38 10 8 20 36 58 38
Le Mans 38 9 11 18 35 57 38
Montpellier 38 8 7 23 41 74 31

Lyon and Paris SG qualify directly for the Champions League group stageMonaco qualify for the Champions League third qualifying roundAuxerre and Sochaux qualify for the UEFA Cup

Nantes, Marseille and Lens qualify for Intertoto Cup. As Marseille have said they will not play Intertoto their place could be taken by Rennes.

Guingamp, Le Mans and Montpellier are relegated to Second Division with their places taken by promoted Saint Etienne, Caen and Istres

© AFP

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