Football - Ligue 1 (34th day): Lille brings down Strasbourg on the wire (1-0) and keeps the hope of hanging Europe

Football – Ligue 1 (34th day): Lille brings down Strasbourg on the wire (1-0) and keeps the hope of hanging Europe

LOSC keeps heart and ambitions. The 2021 French champion lost his title this weekend but was able to tear himself away to overcome Strasbourg on the wire, this Sunday, during the 34th day (1-0). While the Alsatians lacked realism, Zeki Celik found the fault at the end of the match (87th) and allowed Lille to return to the race for Europe with a 9th place 6 points from the Top 5. Strasbourg cracked after 11 matches without defeat and finds himself sixth at 3 lengths from the podium.

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On their lawn and in front of some disgruntled supporters, Lille sought to take the initiative at the start of the game. Holder in attack with Jonathan David, Burak Yilmaz quickly placed a first shot from a tight angle that Mats Sels deflected cleanly (3rd). Strasbourg, however, entered their match and perfectly squared their half of the field before quickly projecting themselves forward, thanks in particular to calls from Kévin Gameiro. Adrien Thomasson, however, did not dare to strike after a combination with the former Sevillian (12th).

Jardim holds the house

The Alsatians remained the sharpest against Dogues lacking confidence and offensive ideas. Thomasson again found himself in a shooting position but his crushed attempt spun on Jardim (28th). The Brazilian goalkeeper also pushed back, with his face, the small head of Ludovic Ajorque from a tight angle after a corner (36th). Lille responded but Renato Sanches missed the boat by stealing the ball from the discreet Edon Zeghrova before shooting wide of the target on a cross from Yilmaz (42nd).

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After the break, the visitors still lacked offensive success and realism because Gameiro found the post on an uncrossed header after an off-center free kick (49th). The former Sevillian then saw the solid Jardim divert his recovery at the entrance to the zone of truth following a discount from Ajorque (58th). The doorman of the Mastiffs again relaxed superbly in front of his line to push back a good recovery from Thomasson at the penalty spot (75th). Gabriel Gudmundsson also came to the aid of Jardim to repel Gerzino Nyamsi’s header from a corner (81st).

Celik releases the Mastiffs

While the Strasbourg residents have long shown themselves to be fairer and better inspired offensively despite a certain caution, it was the brave Lille residents who ended up unblocking the situation at the end of the match. Volunteer Timothy Weah crossed from the left and right-back Celik exceeded his function by projecting himself into the opposing box and tackling at the far post to open the scoring (1-0, 87th).

The Turk scored his second league goal this season and allowed Jocelyn Gourvennec’s Dogues to revive after two straight defeats. They will have to confirm against Troyes before challenging Monaco, Nice and Rennes, three other contenders for European places. Julien Stéphan’s Alsatians have lost ground in the race for the next Champions League and find themselves three points behind Rennais and Monegasques and one behind Nice before receiving PSG on the next day.

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