Ligue 1: Lille beats Marseille to keep two points ahead of PSG


Canadian striker Jonathan David scored two late goals as Lille beat Marseille 2-0 to stay ahead of the French league on Wednesday.

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David scored in the 90th minute and again two minutes after added time. The north side are two points ahead of defending champion Paris Saint-Germain, who won 1-0 away at Bordeaux. Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda dismissed shots from American striker Timothy Weah and David in the second half to frustrate Lille.

But the France veteran No.2 knocked down a slanting shot from Jonathan Ikone in the 90th and David finished from close range.

Defending PSG champion missed Kylian Mbappe by suspension and was without an injured Neymar, while striker Moise Kean was ruled out after testing positive for coronavirus earlier on Wednesday.

Winger Pablo Sarabia filled in and scored in the 20th minute when he returned Idrissa Gueye’s cross from the left.

Bordeaux winger Hatem Ben Arfa should have equalized against his former club when he crossed in the 70th, to shoot just off the left post.

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The top three teams all won 1-0, with Lyon edging Rennes at home to stay one point behind PSG.

Lyon are now four points ahead of fourth-placed Monaco after losing 1-0 to Strasbourg for a first loss in 13 league games.

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Lyon striker Memphis Depay created the game-winning goal for substitute Houssem Aouar in the 73rd minute.

Depay sprinted to the right, but then lost his balance after shrugging a defender just outside the penalty area. He got up quickly and tackled the ball to Aouar, who carefully passed the ball over the goalkeeper.

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Lyon had struggled to bring down a well-organized Rennes team whose coach Julien Stephan resigned on Monday after a poor formatting pass.

Tino Kadewere had a goal ruled out for offside midway through the second half, and striking partner Karl Toko Ekambi came close before Depay delivered.

OTHER MATCHES

Fifth place Lens continued their good form with a 3-2 win at Saint-Etienne while sixth place Metz slipped to a 1-0 home defeat against Angers.

Brest beat Dijon in last place 3-1 at home and Nice went to the middle of the table, beating Nimes in difficulty 2-1.

Moreover, Reims beat Nantes 2-1 and Montpellier drew 1-1 with Lorient.

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