Alain Perrin´s team looked like they were going to survive the first-half sending-off of Kim Kallstrom - for foul and abusive language - when Elmander struck late on, the Sweden striker pouncing on Achille Emana´s short pass and stroking home from close range.
Both sides hit the woodwork in an entertaining second half but Lyon, aiming for a seventh consecutive Ligue 1 title, were left to rue Kallstrom´s indiscretion.
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