Little fightback when Lyon starts an exciting final in the “Super” Ligue 1 title race

Turkey’s Burak Yilmaz scored two goals and set up another when Lille made a brilliant comeback to win 3-2 at rivals Lyon on Sunday and regain the top spot in the French league from reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain.

The away side struck after two goals just before half time, but Yilmaz inspired an unlikely match back to send Lille a point from PSG with four matches left.

Monaco are just one point further back in third after Wissam Ben Yedder’s late goal took a 1-0 victory over Angers.

But Sunday night’s thriller looked to have all the title hopes for fourth-placed Lyon, now six points off the pace.

“Scoring just before half-time gave us a lot of confidence, we knew we could go all the way,” Lille’s second goal scorer Jonathan David told Canal Plus.

“We celebrate and then focus on the next match. These are victories that prove to us that we can go to the end,” he added.

Lyon struck first in the 20th minute when Islam Slimani drilled Maxence Caqueret’s cut into the roof of the net.

The hosts then doubled their lead under comic circumstances 10 minutes before the interval when confusion in the Lille defense ended with the ball ricocheting by captain Jose Fonte and into his own net.

But Christophe Galtier’s men gave up hope in the halftime battle when Yilmaz hit a free kick in the top corner to score his 11th league goal of the campaign.

The visitors leveled the score when Yilmaz broke free from the Lyon defense and squared for David to convert a simple tap-in.

The 35-year-old sealed the victory in the 85th minute and grabbed his Turkish national champion Yusuf Yazici to pull down the goal and cut a cool finish over Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

Bordeaux of revolt

Monaco, who beat PSG for the title in 2017, are still good in the hunt.

Niko Kovac’s Monaco was frustrated for long periods in Angers, with Stevan Jovetic bumping injured early on after being denied a one-on-one by home goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni.

Kevin Volland and Aleksandr Golovin both went close for the visitors before half time, while Guillermo Maripan hit the crossbar from close range at the beginning of the second period.

But Ben Yedder, who replaced Jovetic, found space with 11 minutes to play and lifted the ball over Bernardoni to catch his 18th league goal of the campaign and get a valuable three points.

Earlier on Sunday, Bordeaux suffered its fifth straight defeat, losing 4-1 to Lorient and slipping dangerously close to the relegation battle.

The defeat came three days after Bordeaux’s American owners said they wanted to withdraw their financial support for the six-time French champions.

About 1,000 Bordeaux supporters protested in front of the city hall on Saturday, demanding the resignation of President Frederic Longuepee, accusing him of bankrupting the club.

The American investment fund King Street announced on Thursday that it was selling out of Bordeaux due to “the economic context linked to the Covid-19 pandemic and the withdrawal of the (broadcasting group) Mediapro (which) caused an unprecedented reduction in revenues for French football clubs”.

The club was placed in administration because Bordeaux mayor Pierre Hurmic said the city would be involved in trying to find the team for a new buyer.

Bordeaux fell behind to a Yoane Wissa goal in 18 minutes before Nigerian striker Terem Moffi struck twice to put the home side up 3-0 at half-time.

Moffi finished a Hattrick 10 minutes from time before Malian teenager Issouf Sissokho hit his first senior goal as a late consolation.

Europa League match

Bordeaux remain five points away from the playing field, currently occupied by Nantes, who fought to a much-needed 2-1 victory over Strasbourg.

Dijon’s last hopes of playing Ligue 1 football next season were shattered in a 5-1 clash from Rennes.

The Bretons are locked in a three-way race with Marseille and Lens for the last Europa League qualifier.

Newcomer Lens regained the fifth and final European place from Marseille with a 2-1 victory over Nimes, who also looked doomed to fall into Ligue 2.

Elsewhere, Nice picked up Montpellier’s 11-game unbeaten run with a 3-1 win in Sunday’s early kick-off.

On Saturday, PSG defeated Metz 3-1 to briefly move to the top as they chased an eighth Ligue 1 title in nine seasons.

The Parisians were facing an anxious wait after Kylian Mbappé suffered an ankle injury, although the prolific striker should recover in time for the important Champions League match against Manchester City on Wednesday.

( Jowharwith AFP)

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