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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-04-04

French defending champions Bordeaux were defeated 2-1 at home by Nancy to lose first place in the French first division to Lyon, who got the better of Breton side Rennes (1-2).

AFP - Lyon returned to the top of the French first division on Saturday after comimg back from a goal down to defeat Rennes and deposing Champions League quarter-final opponents Bordeaux in the process.
Lyon coach Claude Puel gambled by resting a number of key players ahead of Wednesday's European second leg clash against their French countrymen, where they will be defending a 3-1 lead, for the trip to Rennes.
With Cris and Jeremy Toulalan on the bench, Lyon slipped a goal down after just 14 minutes when Ghanaian international Asamoah Gyan found the net following Jimmy Briand's shot coming back off the post.
Brazilian midfielder Michel Bastos levelled in the 52nd minute before Argentine centre-forward Lisandro headed in a 61st-minute winner from Ederson's cross.
It was Lisandro's 13th league goal of the season.
Lyon have a one-point lead over Laurent Blanc's defending champions Bordeaux who were defeated 2-1 at home by Nancy.
Blanc, with one eye on the midweek Champions League clash with Lyon, started with star striker Maroune Chamakh on the bench and the decision quickly backfired when Youssouf Hadji gave Nancy a 17th-minute lead.
Argentine striker Fernando Cavenaghi levelled 10 minutes later, but Issiar Dia made sure of the three points for the visitors 20 minutes from time with a fine piece of individual skill.
The striker took the ball on a mazy 30-metre run, dribbling past central defenders Mathieu Chalme and Carlos Henrique before calmly beating Cedric Carrasso in the Bordeaux goal.
Despite those results, Montpellier, who are a point behind Lyon, can go top of the table if they defeat Monaco later Saturday.

Date created : 2010-04-03