PARIS, Aug 20 (Reuters) - A late goal from substitute striker Sylvain Wiltord gave French champions Olympique Lyon a 2-1 win at Girondins Bordeaux in a tense Ligue 1 match on Sunday.
Wiltord headed home the winner with five minutes left to present Lyon with victory over the side most likely to challenge them in their quest for a sixth successive title.
Lyon climb to second place, level on seven points from three matches with Olympique Marseille and Le Mans.
Bordeaux, last season's runners-up, drop to fifth place, one point off the lead.
Midfielder Julien Faubert put Bordeaux in the lead after six minutes, heading in a Johan Micoud free kick to score his second goal this week after celebrating his first cap for France with the winner in a 2-1 friendly win over Bosnia in Sarajevo on Wednesday.
Lyon levelled in the 28th minute, Brazilian forward Fred deflecting an effort from 20 metres by Portugal midfielder Tiago.
The match was fiercely contested, marred by several ugly scenes and featured eight yellow cards.
The first half was lively, Lyon showing character to recover from a goal down. After the break, both sides looking increasingly nervous and there were few scoring chances until Wiltord gave Lyon the points.
'We badly wanted to win and I think nobody can say we didn't deserve victory, even if it was a bit difficult for us in the second half,' said Lyon coach Gerard Houllier.
'It was very physical, almost like a Champions League match', he added.
Marseille, who top the standings on goal difference, won 3-0 at Auxerre on Saturday.