Nimes, penultimate before the start of the day, gave the great surprise of Ligue 1 by being able to beat Lille at home (1-2), which tonight will lose the lead if Lyon or PSG, both within 3 points, they win the pulse that they will maintain in the great game of the Groupama Stadium.
Lille, which will visit PSG on April 3 after the national team stoppage, is showing signs of weakness in this decisive stretch of the season as evidenced by the fact that it has only achieved two wins in the last 6 days. The third league defeat, the second at the Pierre Mauroy stadium, compromises the options for the title of the ‘Doges’, who today ended an 11-match unbeaten streak.
Great first part of Nimes
Nimes starred in a great first half after taking an early lead on the scoreboard in the 12th minute with a whiplash from Moussa Koné after an assist from Niclas Eliasson. It was the first of many cons that the Occitan team lavished every time they stole the ball thanks to their intense pressure.
Lille, more comfortable giving the initiative to the rival, had problems developing dangerous plays despite having possession of the ball. However, he managed to equalize in the minute when Xeka headed a corner kick taken at the near post by Jonathan Bamba. It was the first shot between the three sticks of Christoph Galtier’s team.
Ripard hits again
Lille suffered with each loss of the ball and the surprising Nimes hit again in the first half discount in a good team move that culminated Renaud Ripard stinging on goalkeeper Mike Maignan after a great pass from Zinedine Ferhat.
Ferhat’s partnership with winger Birger Meling on the left brought Lille’s dubious rear headlong, which in the second half did not improve with the entry of Luiz Araujo by an inoperative Timothy Weah.
Lille could only score at the end
The decoration did not change as Lille continued without creating chances, while Nimes, more conservative with the score in favor, did not just defend and again sowed panic in some arrivals.
Burak Yilmaz managed to get the ball into the net by standing alone against Baptiste Reynet after a pass from the midfield from Bamba, but he started offside and the referee annulled the goal (57 ‘).
Except for this action, Lille barely finished on goal and only in the last moments, already desperate, Burak Yilmaz had a couple of occasions that frustrated the Reynet goal. The ‘bulldogs’ did not prevent a debacle that opens the door for Lyon and PSG to be the leader tonight. The winner of the great game at the Groupama Stadium will be the new first classified. Meanwhile, the Nimes comes out of the relegation places.