Lille fightback to beat Lyon 3-2 and reclaim Ligue 1 top spot

Lille fightback from two goals down to beat Lyon 3-2 thanks to Burak Yilmaz double and Jonathan David strike as Christophe Galtier’s side leapfrog PSG at the top of Ligue 1 with four games to go in thrilling title race

  • Lille came from behind to beat Lyon 3-2 and reclaim top spot in Ligue 1 
  • Islam Slimani’s strike and a Jose Fonte own goal put Lyon 2-0 ahead 
  • But Burak Yilmaz pulled one back before Jonathan David equalised
  • Yilmaz then struck the winner in the 85th minute as Lille leapfrogged PSG 

Lille showed why they are French title contenders to be reckoned with after coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at rivals Lyon on Sunday.

Christophe Galtier’s side reclaimed top sport from Paris Saint-Germain by one point with four games left a thrilling race.

They looked to be heading for only their fourth defeat of the season after Islam Slimani fired fourth-place Lyon ahead before Jose Fonte’s own goal doubled their lead. 

Burak Yilmaz scored twice as Lille came from two goals down to beat Lyon 3-2 on Sunday

The striker struck the winner in the 85th minute after Jonathan David had equalised

There was wild celebrations on the touchline as the away side claimed an important victory

Former Leicester man Slimani could have put his side ahead before he broke the deadlock. 

The striker was put through by Memphis Depay but his lob over goalkeeper Mike Maignan was a little too high and landed on top of the net.

He made up for it three minutes later when he met Maxence Caqueret’s fine cross from the right to clip the ball into the top corner.

Lille thought they had equalised midway through the first half when Jonathan David finished Burak Yilmaz’s cross, but a replay ruled that the latter was offside when breaking from the halfway line.

Former Leicester man Islam Silmani put Lyon ahead before Jose Fonte’s own goal made it 2-0

Canada forward David grabbed the equaliser in the 60th minute after being set-up by Yilmaz

An uncharacteristic mistake from Mike Maignan led to Fonte’s own goal, as the goalkeeper misjudged a free-kick with the ball sailing over his head and deflecting off the defender and into the net.

Yilmaz pulled one back for the away side before half-time with a 25-yard free kick and the striker was on-hand to set up Jonathan David for the equaliser in the 60th minute. 

Yilmaz then struck the winner in the 85th minute after countryman Yusuf Yazici headed into his path and the forward finished confidently past goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

‘We knew it wasn’t over at 2-0 down, even if it was difficult,’ Canada forward David said. ‘Our strength is teamwork. These wins prove we can go all the way.’  

Earlier, Wissam Ben Yedder scored with a superb finish as third-place Monaco won 1-0 at Angers to stay one point behind PSG.

The France striker latched onto a pass from midfield and expertly dinked the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni in the 79th minute for his 18th league goal of the season.

Lille are one point clear at the top of Ligue 1 with four games left to play in the season

‘It’s good that we won this game, it was difficult,’ Ben Yedder said. ‘We know we’re in the final sprint now. Some people are saying we will finish as champions, but we’ll take what we can. Every match will be hard.’

Forward Stevan Jovetic had an early chance saved by Bernardoni and then limped off injured after 16 minutes. He was replaced by Yedder, who is being cleverly used as a substitute in recent games by coach Niko Kovac.

‘Whether I start the game or not, the important thing is to play collectively and help the team out,’ Yedder said. 

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