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By ESPN Staff
May 1, 2011

Lille smash Arles to take top spot

Lille powered back to the summit of Ligue 1 thanks to a one-sided 5-0 victory over sorry Arles.

The hosts went ahead inside five minutes through Gervinho while the Ivorian doubled his tally on the stroke of the interval.

Mathieu Debuchy added a third from the penalty spot before already-relegated Arles were reduced to 10 men following Emmanuel Correze's 58th-minute dismissal.

Further strikes by Yohan Cabaye and David Rozehnal added gloss to the scoreline in the final 10 minutes as Lille's three-match winless run came to an emphatic end.

The result lifts Rudi Garcia's men onto 63 points, two clear of erstwhile leaders Marseille - who are in action at home to Auxerre on Sunday.

Paris St Germain boosted their chances of playing Champions League football next season after cruising to a 3-1 victory against Valenciennes.

Goals from Nene - his first league strike since mid-December - Mathieu Bodmer and Mamadou Sakho saw PSG to a comfortable three points which moves them level with third-placed Lyon, who are in action at Toulouse on Sunday.

Gregory Pujol pulled one back for VA on the stroke of half-time but the visitors never looked likely to make a fight of it and remain just three points above the relegation zone.

Lens looked destined to be relegated from Ligue 1 after they conceded twice in the final seven minutes to suffer a heartbreaking 3-2 home defeat to Lorient.

First-half goals from Yohan Demont and Eduardo gave Lens the lead, after Kevin Gameiro's 19th-minute opener, and they looked like they would hold on in a second half they controlled.

But the northerners were stunned late on as Gameiro struck his second on 83 minutes before an injury-time Morgan Amalfitano penalty left them eight points from safety.

Rennes' hopes of Champions League football next season were dented by a goalless draw with Bordeaux that likewise did no favours for the visitors' chances of a Europa League berth.

Cedric Carasso made a great save to keep out a near-own goal from Alou Diarra, but otherwise the goalkeepers were rarely tested in the stalemate.

Meanwhile, Sochaux can start believing they will be a part of next season's Europa League after moving up to seventh with a narrow 1-0 victory over Nancy.

Just five points separated the teams before this game - but 30 seconds decided why Sochaux are looking upwards, while their visitors remain in the bottom three.

In the 10th minute Nancy's Youssouf Hadji shot from the edge of the penalty area - but saw the ball smack back off a post, with goalkeeper Teddy Richert beaten.

The home side picked the ball up and when Edouard Butin gained possession, he dribbled past defenders Jordan Loties and Andre Luiz before firing left-footed past Damien Gregorini for the only goal of the game.

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