It was called to be a great game and boy it was! Lyon and Lille were at stake in their aspirations to win Ligue 1 and the ‘Doges’ emerged victorious from an exciting fight after leading a great comeback (2-3) that allowed them to regain the leadership that PSG climbed to on Saturday. Veteran Burak Yilmaz, with two goals and one assist, was the hero.
Four days from the end, the fight for the title continues to be exciting. Christophe Galtier’s Lille has a one-point advantage over PSG, two over Monaco, while Lyon, fourth, took a practically definitive step back by remaining 6 points behind the lead.
Great game from the opening whistle
From the opening whistle, both teams played at a very high pace and with constant approaches to the areas, although without chances until Islam Slimani missed a sung goal in the 18th minute.
Memphis Depay had freedom of movement starting from the left of the attack and from there he put a great dive pass that left only Slimani. The Algerian controlled but instead of shooting Mike Maignan, he wanted to beat him with a Vaseline that went over the crossbar.
Slimani opens the scoreboard
An incredible mistake that did not affect him at all. On the contrary, because three minutes later Slimani made up for it by opening the scoring by nailing the ball over the top next to the post after a delayed pass from the baseline by Maxence Caqueret, whose fight on this play was rewarded with a goal.
The 21-year-old midfielder from Lyon starred in a brilliant performance due to the technical details that he exhibited but also for his priceless struggle in recovering balls.
Lille’s first shot between the three sticks came in the 32nd minute by Jonathan David, who received from Burak Yilmaz, but the shot was centered and Anthony Lopes blocked it without problems.
Incredible own goal at 2-0
Lyon, superior, seemed to put the victory on track with a second goal that was a series of misfortunes for Lille. Leo Dubois launched a free-kick, goalkeeper Maignan collided with defender Mehmet Çelik on the jump and the ball fell into the net after tripping over José Fonte (35 ‘).
Great goal from a free kick and a gift from Lyon
An own goal that affected Lille but Burak Yilmaz put him back into the game in the first half discount with a free-kick.
After the break, Lille returned to the charge and gained weight with the entry of Reinildo by Domagoj Bradaric on the left side. Lopes blocked a header from Benjamin André, but on the next play he could not avoid the 2-2 after a serious error by Lucas Paquetá when delaying the ball. Yilmaz took advantage of it and his death pass was pushed only by David (60 ’). The Canadian has 11 goals.
In a match with constant alternatives, Thiago Mendes released a shell in the direction of the squad that forced Maignan to fly (7 ‘). But in the final stretch, Lille was superior to a Lyon that lost its freshness and, after wasting a couple of good chances, Yilmaz consummated the comeback with a goal that can be worth a title.
Turkish connection at 2-3
Yusuf Yacini headed a long ball with his head and Yilmaz sped away like an exhalation and stung Lopes on his way out. At 35, the Turkish forward has 12 goals in Ligue 1. His brace and assist in a key match like today’s confirms his extraordinary season.