PARIS (AP) — Loic Remy scored a beautiful volley in a 1-0 win over Bordeaux in the French league on Sunday to help Lille cement its grip on second place and direct qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain has already sealed its sixth league crown in seven seasons.
Lille, which played its last game in Europe’s top club competition six years ago, extended its lead over third-place Lyon to nine points. Lyon can reduce the gap with a win at Marseille later Sunday but, with only two rounds of matches left, Lille also has a far better goal difference over its southern rival.
The team that finishes third starts the Champions League tournament in the qualifying rounds.
In a cagey first half, the 32-year-old Remy volleyed home from Jonathan Ikone’s free kick in the 27th minute. Ikone looked like he would take a direct free kick but instead chipped the ball over the Bordeaux wall for Remy to fire it past goalkeeper Benoit Costil for his sixth goal this season — and his third in as many games.
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