Yusuf Yazici scored what proved to be the winner as Lille beat fellow title hopefuls Monaco 2-1 on Sunday to retake second place in Ligue 1 and improve the strain on leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
Christophe Galtier’s males dug deep on the Stade Pierre-Mauroy to finish Monaco’s four-match profitable streak and transfer again to 2 factors behind reigning champions PSG.
Marseille are two factors additional again in third, however have two video games in hand. Fourth-placed Lyon might transfer stage on factors with Lille after they go to Metz in a while Sunday.
“This result’s necessary as a result of we have been going through a direct competitor and we hadn’t gained a lot not too long ago,” mentioned Lille coach Galtier.
“After I see what Paris did on Saturday, by beating Montpellier regardless of rotating eight gamers, I inform myself that it stays PSG (as title favourites).
“To be very sincere, I have a look at what is going on behind us… There’s a horrible combat with Monaco, Marseille, Lyon or Montpellier.”
Lille, who have been held to a draw by struggling Saint-Etienne final weekend, had the very best probability of the opening half however Jonathan Bamba’s strike was properly saved by away goalkeeper Vito Mannone.
Lille broke the impasse within the 53rd minute. Jonathan Ikone averted two challenges on the sting of the world earlier than slipping a move via for Canadian striker Jonathan David to attain.
The hosts doubled their benefit halfway via the second half as Turkish internationals Burak Yilmaz and Yazici mixed, with the latter slotting in from shut vary.
Yazici, who was launched instead three minutes earlier than his purpose, has scored 4 occasions within the league this season regardless of solely beginning twice.
Pietro Pellegri pulled one again for Monaco within the ninetieth minute, however there was not sufficient time for an equaliser.
The principality membership sit fifth, 5 factors behind PSG, who noticed off Montpellier 3-1 on Saturday.
“It might have deserved to finish in a draw, so I’m inevitably dissatisfied,” mentioned Monaco boss Niko Kovac.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Saint-Etienne’s winless league run prolonged to 9 matches with a goalless draw at Dijon.
Strasbourg moved out of the relegation zone with a thumping 4-0 success over Nantes, whereas Hatem Ben Arfa scored a late winner as Bordeaux edged Brest 1-0.
Good laboured to a 0-0 stalemate at Reims of their first match since sacking Patrick Vieira as coach.