Carew earns point against Toulouse

John Carew scored a goal to earn four-time defending champion Lyon a 1-1 home draw against Toulouse on Saturday.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:38 IST
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John Carew scored a goal to earn four-time defending champion Lyon a 1-1 home draw against Toulouse on Saturday, and extended its lead atop the French first division to 12 points. Lyon had 32 shots on goal during the match, but was denied by wasteful finishing and an outstanding performance from Toulouse goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez. Gerard Houllier's team is chasing a record fifth straight title and has 69 points from 31 games - 12 points more than Bordeaux, which has played a game less. Lille is in third place with 53 points, with Auxerre in fourth on 51. Lyon almost fell further behind seconds before the interval, when Lyon 'keeper Gregory Coupet saved a volley from Bergougnoux. Lyon leveled in the 49th after excellent work down the right flank by defender Francois Clerc. He burst past his defender and pulled the ball back for Sylvain Wiltord. Wiltord's shot was saved, but the ball fell to Norway striker Carew, who poked it home after his first shot was saved. Lyon pressed forward again in the 52nd, with Juninho's delicate pass finding Mahamadou Diarra, but the Mali midfielder could not beat Douchez. Brazil midfielder Juninho attempted several long-distance free kicks, but for once his aim was off - until the 79th minute, when Douchez made a great save to keep the ball out. At Strasbourg, Kader Keita gave Lille the lead in the eighth minute, and Alexander Farnerud pulled the home side level in the 30th. Keita grabbed his second of the match in the 79th, but Amara Diane profited from an error by 'keeper Tony Sylva to make it 2-2. Improving Rennes notched its sixth straight win - a club record - and moved up to fifth place, with Nigeria striker John Utaka continuing his remarkable scoring run. Utaka, who scored in the 25th, has 11 goals from his last five games, including four goals in a midweek French Cup win. His streak includes hat tricks against Lyon and Lens. Marseille, which dropped to seventh place, took the lead in the 23rd through striker Toifilou Maoulida, with James Fanchone leveling for the visitors in the 35th. At Ajaccio, Abdelnasser Ouadah scored against his former club as Metz kept alive its hopes of avoiding relegation. (AP)