Lyon tighten grip on Champions League spot

PARIS - Olympique Lyon tightened their grip on the last Champions League qualifying spot in Ligue 1 with a 3-0 home victory against Nantes on Tuesday. Two first half goals by midfielder Jean Makoun put them in front before substitute Anthony Mounier sealed the game in the last 15 minutes. Lyon are third on 64 points with three games left, four points ahead of Paris St Germain who have one game in hand. PSG visit Le Mans on Wednesday. Leaders Olympique Marseille and Girondins Bordeaux, second on goal difference, are level on 68 points before they play at Nice and Valenciennes respectively on Wednesday. Nantes, 19th with 33 points, stay in the relegation zone on goal difference. Lyon, who visit Marseille on Sunday, cruised to an easy victory after four games without a win dented their hopes of an eighth successive title. "We are just thinking about securing our place in the next Champions League. We are not dreaming of anything else," Sidney Govou told Canal Plus television. The France forward came on as a second half substitute four months after having surgery on his right Achilles heel. Makoun headed the opening goal when Ederson flicked on a Juninho cross with his head in the seventh minute. The Cameroon midfielder doubled his tally from close range after a swift counter-attack just past the half hour. Mounier made it 3-0 with a header from a Kim Kallstrom corner kick in the second half. Promoted Nantes, who posed no danger for Lyon, looked resigned to a second relegation in three years.


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