Leaders Lyon held at Nice, PSG draw in Toulouse


NICE, France — Olympique Lyon missed a chance to close in on a seventh consecutive Ligue 1 title when they were held to a goalless draw at mid-table Nice on Saturday. Leaders Lyon now have 73 points, five ahead of second-placed Girondins Bordeaux, with two games left. Six times champions Lyon struck the bar twice before the interval through Juninho and Jeremy Toulalan but failed to score the goal that would have increased the pressure on Bordeaux, who play at Olympique Marseille on Sunday.

“We lacked motivation and enthusiasm to create danger,” Lyon coach Alain Perrin told reporters. “We know Bordeaux can narrow the gap to only two points but we are ready to fight until the last game,” he added. Later on Saturday, Nancy moved up to third place with a 3-0 home win against second from bottom Racing Strasbourg, who look doomed to relegation after their ninth consecutive defeat. Marseille, two points behind Nancy on 58 points, will retake the last qualifying spot for the Champions League from the Lorraine side if they beat Bordeaux. Paris St Germain gave away a late goal at Toulouse who snatched a 1-1 draw when Mohamed Fofana scored two minutes from time in their relegation battle. PSG had taken the lead with a Bernard Mendy goal against the run of play shortly after the hour. They stay third from bottom level on 39 points with Toulouse and Racing Lens but behind on goal difference. Lens stayed out of the drop zone with a goalless draw at home to Monaco. PSG have not been relegated since reaching the top flight in 1974.