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Lyon clinch seventh straight French crown

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  • Lyon clinch seventh straight French title with 3-1 win at Auxerre
  • Nearest challengers Bordeaux held 2-2 at Lens who are still relegated
  • Marseille claim third Champions League place ahead of Nancy
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(CNN) -- Lyon romped to a seventh successive French League title as a 3-1 win at Auxerre saw them hold off the challenge of Bordeaux who were held 2-2 at relegated Lens.

Lyon joy is complete after Fred scored the second goal at Auxerre.

Lyon effectively put the title race to bed in the opening nine minutes at Auxerre as the prolific Karim Benzema and Brazilian ace Fred scored.

A second half goal from Kim Kallstrom sealed the victory

Bordeaux, relying on Lyon to slip up, were twice ahead against Lens who bravely pulled level twice but still went down with Toulouse and Paris St Germain both winning.

Lyon ended the season with 79 points from 38 games, four clear of Bordeaux who challenged stoutly in Laurent Blanc's first season in charge.

Marseille claimed the third Champions League spot with a dramatic 4-3 win over Strasbourg as Nancy lost 3-2 at home to Rennes.

On a riveting final day of the season, St Etienne joined Nancy in the UEFA Cup, edging Rennes on goal difference.

But most of the focus was on Alain Perrin's Lyon, who were under pressure going into the final round.

They put any doubts to rest after just 24 seconds when Benzema swapped passes with Fred and slotted past goalkeeper Remy Riou for his 20th league goal of the season.

Fred put Lyon up 2-0 in the 10th minute, running onto Kader Keita's floated pass over the top of the defense and placing the ball under Riou's body.

Kallstrom headed in Lyon's third goal in the 53rd before Frederic Thomas pulled a consolation goal back for Auxerre in the 78th.

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