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By ESPN Staff

Ligue 1: Lyon seal unprecedented sixth title

PARIS, April 21 (Reuters) - Olympique Lyon have become the first team from one of the big five European leagues to win six national championships in a row.

Lyon, who visit AJ Auxerre on Sunday, took an unassailable lead of 17 points on Saturday after second-placed Toulouse lost 3-2 at Stade Rennes.

Gerard Houllier's Lyon team have 70 points with six games to play.

Toulouse, on 52 points with five games remaining, dropped to third spot after Racing Lens took their tally to 53 points with five matches to go following a 2-0 victory over Le Mans.

Cameroon-born midfielder Achille Emana gave Toulouse the lead with an extraordinary shot on the half-hour from just inside the Rennes half.

Rennes goalkeeper Simon Pouplin, standing on the penalty spot, diverted the ball on to the post but it bounced back along the line before spinning into the net.

The home team equalised with a 63rd-minute penalty from Jimmy Briand after Walid Cherfa handled.

Rennes went 2-1 up with a 75th-minute free kick from Sylvain Marveaux, only to see Toulouse level two minutes later after a scrambled effort by Fabinho.

Bruno Cheyrou then sealed Rennes's victory four minutes from time by volleying in a Romain Danze centre.

Elsewhere, Pedro Pauleta scored twice as Paris St Germain crushed Nantes 4-0.

The defeat left Nantes rooted to the foot of the table with 30 points from 33 games and looking doomed to relegation for the first time since they joined the elite in 1963.

PSG, who climbed to 15th, are six points above the drop zone but still not safe.