PARIS — Forward Nolan Roux and midfielder Adama Traore each scored as Lille beat Bordeaux 2-0 on Sunday to close the gap on its rival in the French league.
Roux put coach Rene Girard's side ahead in the 14th minute with his second goal in three games, and the 19-year-old Traore sealed the win in the last minute.
Lille remained eighth in the standings, four points behind sixth-place Bordeaux.
In a closely-fought battle for European places, Montpellier reclaimed seventh spot with a 1-0 win against Caen courtesy of captain Vitorino Hilton's early goal at the Stade de La Mosson.
If Paris Saint-Germain beats Auxerre in the French Cup final, all teams ranked between fourth and sixth will qualify for next season's Europa League.
In Sunday's late match, Lyon needed to beat bitter rival Saint-Etienne to move back to the top of the league ahead of Paris Saint-Germain.
Injury-hit PSG won 3-1 at Nice on Saturday to keep the pressure on Lyon in the close-fought title race.
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