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PARIS, September 20- Dennis Oliech’s Auxerre are languishing in the bottom three of the French league after a 1-0 loss to Lille on Sunday.

A last-minute goal from summer signing Moussa Sow gave Lille the win and left Auxerre without a win this season.

French league giants Lyon were handed a wake-up call Sunday thanks to a 2-0 defeat to Bordeaux which left the former seven-time consecutive champions fourth from bottom of the table.

Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff had provided much of the pre-match buzz following his shock move to the Stade Gerland from Bordeaux two weeks ago.

But despite calmly brushing off the jeers of some disgruntled fans, the versatile France international failed to light up a match which left his new coach, Claude Puel, covering his face in despair.

In the end, goals by Bordeaux midfielder Alou Diarra and a last-minute gem from Brazilian striker Jussie left Lyon with only one win, and five points, from six games.

Like many of the so-called big French clubs, Lyon included, Bordeaux’s start to the 2010 campaign had struggled to take off.

This was only their second win in six games, and they are still eighth from bottom in a table dominated by former French and European giants Saint-Etienne, who share 13 points with Toulouse but lead by virtue of superior goals difference.

After sweeping aside Lyon, who won the title seven years in succession from 2002-2008, Girondins coach Jean Tigana will be hoping they have turned the corner.

Bordeaux opened the scoring through Diarra on the hour mark to heap the pressure on.

And as Lyon battled for a late equaliser, Jussie’s fine individual effort three minutes into injury time provided a painful finale to the match for the visitors.

Released deep in midfield, Jussie kept possession throughout a mazy run which took him past three Lyon players before he sent what looked like a weak low shot under the diving Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris.

Earlier Rennes spurned the chance to move to the top of the table when they were held to a goalless draw at Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

The draw means Rennes remain in third place, a point behind Toulouse and leaders Saint Etienne, who are top of the table for first time since 1982. PSG move up to ninth.

Saint-Etienne went top with a 3-0 victory at home to Montpellier on Saturday, with champions Marseille climbing to eighth on the back of a 3-0 win at bottom club Arles-Avignon.

Lyon travel to Bordeaux in the weekend’s headline game later on Sunday.

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