Lyon end winless skid as Nice sink Sochaux

Lyon hauled themselves back into contention for a place in next season's UEFA Champions League with a long overdue 3-1 victory at home to Toulouse today to halt a sequence of five matches without a win.

Clement Grenier netted an eighth-minute opener for Lyon before Wissam Ben Yedder levelled for Toulouse but second-half strikes from Bakary Kone and Bafetimbi Gomis secured the three points for Remi Garde's side at Stade Gerland. Lyon subsequently climbed to third, a point shy of second-placed Marseille, who travel to in-form Lille later on Sunday, after arresting an alarming loss of form that extinguished their title hopes and had seen them slide to fifth.

Lyon remain a distant 11 points adrift of leaders Paris Saint-Germain but more importantly moved two points clear of Nice and Rhone rivals Saint-Etienne for the third and final spot in next season's Champions League, while Toulouse, who have yet to win in 19 trips to the Gerland in the top-flight stayed 11th.

In the early Ligue 1 match on Sunday, Nice staked their claim for a berth in next season's Champions League with a commanding 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Sochaux. Mahamane Traore broke the deadlock for Claude Puel's side six minutes after half-time.

Didier Digard then struck a rare goal on 59 minutes to double the lead for the Cote d'Azur club before a late third from Argentine striker Dario Cvitanich - his 14th of the campaign - gave the scoreline a more emphatic look.

The last Ligue 1 match of the day saw Lille and Marseille settle for a goalless draw at the Grande Stade Lille Metropole as the visitors had goalkeeper Steve Mandanda to thank for securing a valuable point.