Ligue 1: Lille overthrows Lyon and takes back the lead of the championship

Burak Yilmaz
Led 2-0, LOSC managed to hang on late to victory in Lyon (2-3) and regain the lead in Ligue 1 in front of PSG.

Lille believed in it until the end! Led 2-0 until the 45th minute, the Lille knocked down Olympique Lyonnais on his lawn (2-3), Sunday April 25, as part of the 34th day of Ligue 1. This success, torn off thanks to a coupled with a huge Burak Yilmaz, allows Lille to regain the lead in the championship. A success that could be a milestone.

It is in this kind of match, in this kind of totally crazy situation that a potential title of champion of France is played out. For a long time, Lille did not live up to the long awaited poster at the end of this weekend. But they showed the strength of character of a team on a mission.

Nothing had started as planned. Lyon led 2-0 after 35 minutes and there was nothing to complain about as Lille, and especially their side Domagoj Bradaric, were not up to par. The latter was overtaken by a faster Maxence Caqueret to center towards Islam Slimani on the opening scoring (20th). Three minutes earlier, Slimani had yet missed a face-to-face attempt to lob Mike Maignan (17th) while poor Bradaric was still at the mass. The Algerian striker was once again lurking in the area to push Mike Maignan and Sven Botman to the fault on a corner, causing the goal against his camp of Jose Fonte (35th).

Despite their first missed period, Lille could already harbor regrets regarding the missed opportunities. We think of this counterattack in numerical superiority badly negotiated by Jonathan Ikoné when no net had yet trembled (16th). LOSC would return to the locker room with their heads down, hoping to show more in the second half. But as often, Burak Yilmaz did not want to admit defeat. The Turkish did not wait for the break to re-motivate his troops. His free kick to twenty-five meters sent into the window of Anthony Lopes was enough (45 + 1).

Paralyzed by the pressure of the event and especially by the reversal of a meeting that they thought had already been achieved, the Lyonnais withdrew, left the stranglehold to the Northerners who were not asking for so much. After the break missed by Memphis Depay (53rd), Lille pushed hard on the opposing goal. First Benjamin André with the head (57th), then a hand from Marcelo (59th) gave hope for a penalty for Lille. Before the Lyonnais Lucas Paqueta offers an unexpected gift. The Brazilian, often radiant this season, set back a ready-made ball for “King Burak”, who sent a caviar to Jonathan David (60th).

And then the light. Once again coming from Burak Yilmaz, author of a full match, as much in his communicative aggressiveness as in his effectiveness in front of goal. We were in the 85th minute of play when his compatriot Yusuf Yazici gave him a deep header. Burak Yilmaz did not tremble in front of Anthony Lopes by subtly jabbing his ball to belatedly deliver a stunning victory to LOSC.

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