Lyon did it again, and this time without even trying. The five-time defending French league champions won their sixth straight title on Saturday because Toulouse failed to beat Rennes. Lyon won the league title with five games to go â€” the quickest ever in France â€” because Rennes beat Toulouse 3-2. Lyon plays Sunday at Auxerre, but its 17-point lead is enough.
Lyon started the season by collecting 49 points out of a possible 54, building an impressive lead. The team also has the best offense and defense, scoring 55 goals and conceding only 23. But Lyonâ€™s strength, including winning 12 of its 16 away games, also reflects the weakness of the French league. In the Champions League, AS Roma eliminated Lyon in the second round.