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Fred's brace helps Lyon to another win

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  • Lyon beat PSG 4-2 and go nine points clear of Bordeaux
  • Fred scored two first-half goals but PSG drew back to 2-2
  • Sidney Govou and Juninho completed Lyon's scoring
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LYON, France -- Brazilian marksman Fred scored twice and Sidney Govou and Juninho added the others Sunday to help Lyon beat Paris Saint-Germain 4-2 and move nine points clear at the top of the French league.

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Fred gave Lyon a good start with two first-half goals

Fred's double after eight and 36 minutes put Lyon in a comfortable position but Zoumane Camara and Jerome Rothen put Paris back on terms.

With the score at 2-2 in the 65th minute, Abdulkader Keita's pass found Mathieu Bodmer and he flicked the ball into Govou's path, giving the France winger ample time to shoot under goalkeeper Mickael Landreau's body.

Juninho started the move that led to his goal in the 72nd. His quick pass found Keita and he fed right back Anthony Reveillere, who sped past Sylvain Armand and pulled the ball back for Juninho to curl it past Landreau.

Lyon are chasing a seventh straight league title and Govou said: "I think we need three or four more wins to be champions."

Bodmer added: "We didn't play well at 2-0 up and that has happened to us before .Luckily we have enough quality in the squad. But it's a shame to concede so many goals."

Fred headed in Fabio Grosso's pass in the eighth minute and doubled the lead in the 36th when he controlled Bodmer's 40-meter (yard) pass on his chest and curled the ball past Landreau.

PSG replied in the 45th when Zoumana Camara headed in Jerome Rothen's corner, and Rothen leveled from the penalty spot in the 52nd after Lyon midfielder Jeremy Toulalan handled the ball.

Lyon had further chances, with Landreau making a save to his left to keep out Keita's shot in the 64th and Bodmer hitting the crossbar with a header in the 69th.

Karim Benzema, the French league's top scorer with 17 goals, limped off in the 36th after landing awkwardly and twisting his knee. That would appear to make him doubtful for France's friendly against England on Wednesday.

Also, Jerome Leroy scored one goal and created two more to help Rennes beat Lens 3-1. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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