Toulouse, France – Toulouse gave its hopes of a berth in the Europa League a big boost on Wednesday by securing a 3-0 home win over Lyon.
The result not only helped Toulouse but also dealt a potentially fatal blow to Lyon's Champions League aspirations as the club sits six points back of third- place Lille with six games to play.
Toulouse jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 25 minutes and coasted the rest of the way, with Umut Bulut scoring in stoppage time to seal the win.
Lyon had won four of its last five games to enter the Champions League discussion, but an early mistake by defender Mouhamadou Dabo handed Toulouse the first goal when Dabo made a mess of a clearance attempt that fell kindly to Francois Sirieix, who scored from close range.
Adrien Regattin set up the second goal with a cross that was nodded home by Emmanuel Riviere, putting Toulouse two goals up with 22 minutes gone.
Lyon put together a spell of pressure late in the first half but failed to find the net, and was punished with a third goal in the final minutes as Bulut scored after a nice through ball from Etienne Capoue.
Marseille 1, Caen 1
Marseille, France - Marseille's winless run in Ligue 1 reached 11 games on Wednesday as the club was held to a 1-1 draw at home by bottom-half side Caen.
The visitors took a surprising lead after 11 minutes through Frederic Bulot, who got on the other end of Mbaye Niang's cross to stab the ball home from close range.
Marseille pulled level from the penalty spot midway through the first half when Caen's Alexandre Raineau was whistled for a handball inside his own area, allowing Loic Remy to convert the subsequent spot kick.
But the hosts were unable to find another goal to end their slide and Caen moves one point above the drop zone in a tight Ligue 1 relegation fight.