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May 10, 2014

Ligue 1: PSG set points record

Champions Paris Saint-Germain broke the record for most points in a Ligue 1 season by defeating Lille 3-1 on Saturday.

PSG surpassed the Ligue 1 points record of 84 that Lyon set in 2006.

PSG have 86 points, two more than Lyon's record in 2006.

Brazilian defender Marquinhos headed home a rebound in the 41st minute after Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama denied Lucas Moura. Lucas proved more clinical in the 66th minute, taking a pass from Javier Pastore to double the lead with an angled strike. The PSG winger fed Blaise Matuidi for the third goal in the 83rd minute.

Lille substitute Jonathan Delaplace capitalised on a turnover from Marco Verratti inside the area to score a consolation goal in the last minute.

The hosts were down to 10 men in the 36th when Lille midfielder Marvin Martin was sent off for a stamp on Yohan Cabaye's right ankle. Cabaye was carried off and replaced by Ezequiel Lavezzi in the 42nd minute.

PSG coach Laurent Blanc was quick to put at ease any fears that Cabaye could be in danger of mising the World Cup.

"Reassuring news for Yohan Cabaye," he said. "Examinations revealed nothing very serious. Just a very swollen ankle."

Saint-Etienne made up ground in the race for the last Champions League berth by moving within two points of third-place Lille with a 3-1 win at Nantes.

Saint-Etienne striker Mevlut Erding opened the scoring by nodding in a free-kick from Max Gradel in the 10th minute. The visitors took a 3-0 lead with a penalty from Gradel in the 23rd, and a curling shot from Erding on the stroke of halftime. Nantes winger Serge Gakpe scored late.

Second-place Monaco, already assured of a Champions League spot, beat relegated Valenciennes 2-1.

Valere Germain put the visitors in front five minutes before the break but Claudio Ranieri's men looked set for a second successive 1-1 draw with lowly opposition when Tongo Doumbia levelled with 20 minutes to go.

Nabil Dirar then came to their rescue, firing past Nicolas Penneteau in fine style in the 87th minute.

Lorient edged Lyon 1-0 with a low strike from midfielder Cheick Doukoure in the 53rd minute. Lyon were down to 10 men from the 13th minute when defender Mouhamadou Dabo was red-carded for tripping Bryan Pele.

Fifth-place Lyon had their lead over Marseille cut to one point in the race for the last Europa League spot.

Marseille drew 1-1 at Bordeaux. Marseille midfielder Benoit Cheyrou headed in a cross from Brice Djadjedje in the 31st minute before Bordeaux striker Cheick Diabate equalised with a close-range effort in the 66th minute.

French Cup winner Guingamp secured safety by beating mid-table Toulouse 2-0. Any nerves they may have had were put to bed with five minutes gone as Claudio Beauvue scored and then Mustapha Yatabare put away a 14th-minute penalty.

Evian and Sochaux were the only teams still under the threat of relegation and will meet in the last round next Saturday.

Evian downed Nice 2-0 to stay 17th on Saturday, one point clear of Sochaux, who won 2-1 at Rennes. Kevin Berigaud and Nicolas Benezet scored for Evian, while Emmanuel Mayuka netted the winner for Sochaux.

Last-place Ajaccio stunned Reims 2-1 with two goals inside six minutes, and mid-table Bastia beat Montpellier 2-0 on goals from Sambou Yatabare and Wahbi Khazri.

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