Lille held as Ligue 1 high 5 separated by two factors


Lille stuttered to a 1-1 draw at struggling Saint-Etienne on Sunday to overlook the possibility to attract degree on factors with Paris Saint-Germain on the high of Ligue 1, however the remainder of the chasers took benefit of the defending champions’ newest slip-up.

Lille sit second within the desk, two factors behind PSG — who drew 2-2 with Bordeaux on Saturday — and above Lyon, Monaco and Montpellier on aim distinction.

Lyon continued their high quality type with a 3-0 win over Reims, whereas Monaco beat Nimes by the identical scoreline to additionally transfer inside two factors of PSG, whereas Montpellier edged out Lorient.

Lille would have hoped to take all three factors from a Saint-Etienne aspect on a seven-match dropping streak within the league earlier than kick-off.

However Christophe Galtier’s workforce fell behind to a controversial first-half penalty from Tunisian Wahbi Khazri and wanted a second-half strike from Jonathan Ikone to rescue a draw.

Galtier was left annoyed by the choice to award Khazri the spot-kick, after the previous Sunderland winger appeared to fall over Domagoj Bradaric in a useless try to succeed in the ball earlier than Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan.

“The penalty was a transparent refereeing error,” he mentioned. “Wahbi Khazri comes with a whole lot of expertise onto my participant Domagoj Bradaric.

“With video {and professional} referees this should not occur. It would not take away from our unhealthy first half, nevertheless it was an vital second of the sport.”

– Lyon trying ‘upwards’ –

Karl Toko Ekambi, Bruno Guimaraes and Moussa Dembele scored for Lyon as they made it 16 factors from their final six matches.

“We should proceed on this vein and look upwards. We should put a run of victories collectively,” mentioned Lyon coach Rudi Garcia.

“That is the primary time that now we have gained thrice in a row. As in Angers (final week), we had a chance to (transfer up the) desk. We seized it.”

PSG gave the chasing pack an opportunity to chop the hole with a 2-2 dwelling draw towards Bordeaux on Saturday, having blown a two-goal result in lose to Monaco final week.

Reims, who had Moreto Cassama despatched off on 33 minutes, stay fourth from backside and look destined for a relegation dog-fight.

– Monaco march on –

Monaco eased to victory over Nimes to notch their fourth straight league win.

Younger midfielder Sofiane Diop gave the hosts an early lead on the Stade Louis II, earlier than Gelson Martins and Kevin Volland struck within the second half to see off Nimes, who had Lucas Deaux dismissed within the 69th minute.

Germany striker Volland has scored 5 Ligue 1 objectives for Monaco since his close-season transfer from Bayer Leverkusen.

The principality outfit have completed ninth and seventeenth within the final two seasons and coach Niko Kovac was desperate to play down any ideas of a repeat of their shock 2017 title triumph.

“The title? Not after 12 video games, we’re not there, no,” mentioned the Croatian.

“It is a good interval for us, now we have to maintain working, we’re a younger workforce. We may also lose matches.”

Fifth-placed Montpellier additionally prolonged their successful streak to 4 matches as Petar Skuletic scored late on to seize a 1-0 win at Lorient, regardless of midfielder Teji Savanier’s missed penalty within the first half.

Marseille, who’ve additionally gained 4 league matches on the spin, are solely 4 factors behind PSG in sixth, with two video games in hand.




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