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Lyon closes gap to runner-up Lille in French league

March 29, 2019

RENNES, France (AP) — Substitute Martin Terrier scored four minutes from time as Lyon won 1-0 at Rennes on Friday to narrow the gap to one point in the race for the runner-up spot in the French league.

With runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain all but guaranteed a sixth league title in seven years, Lyon and second-place Lille are fighting for the remaining automatic place in the Champions League group stage.

The seven-time champion dominated the first half in Brittany but lacked a cutting edge and needed 15 strikes before they broke the deadlock.

Terrier, who came on for Moussa Dembele in the 73rd minute, scored his fifth goal of the season from close range after Lyon players combined well in narrow space down the right.

With a 20-point lead at the top of the standings, PSG travels to Toulouse on Sunday while Lille plays at Nantes.

Lyon and Rennes will meet again next week in the French Cup semifinals.

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