Lille avoided in extremis the defeat against Montpelllier at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium (1-1) and will at least maintain the leadership of Ligue 1, but PSG will come close to a single point if they beat Saint-Étienne on Sunday in the Parque de los Príncipes with just 5 days that remain to be played.
Lille started the game better than in some of their last games and had two clear chances to open the scoring.
In minute 4, Burak Yilmaz made the wall with Timothy Weah and, only against Omlin, crossed excessively- And, at a quarter of an hour, it was Jonathan Ikoné who combined with Yilmaz, but could not place his shot well and Jonas Omlin blocked without problems.
Laborde scores on the plate after a great team move
But Montpellier, eighth and struggling to go to the new European Conference League next season, got ahead of their first dangerous arrival. It was a great collective action, with a deep pass from Jordan Ferri to Gaetan Laborde, whose center headed into the net Andy Delort (21 ‘).
The goal made a dent in Lille, prey to nerves as they were forced to come back so as not to see the leadership jeopardized. Christophe Galtier’s players were very thick and lacked ideas to continue creating chances against a retreating opponent but who tried to project himself to the attack with criteria when he recovered the ball.
André, to the post
A long shot from Ikoné was the only recourse for Lille, who after the break had a great opportunity to equalize with a whiplash from Benjamin André that repelled the post (58 ‘).
It was an isolated play as Lille continued to play in a rush. Galtier entered his striker Jonathan David 20 minutes from time, who reappeared after two rounds injured.
Luiz Araújo ties with a great goal
On insistence, Lille had a double chance in 76 ‘but Xeca and Ikoné failed to beat a sure Omlin. Finally, the Swiss goalkeeper ended up bending the knee four minutes from the end with the goal of the recently entered Luiz Araújo. The Brazilian dominated with a fantastic control a Mehmet Çelik center from the right, the defense granted him a meter and defined exquisitely with the instep.
Lesser evil for a Lille that took advantage of practically the only Montpellier concession and ensures to remain as leader regardless of the result of PSG on Sunday against Saint-Étienne.