Ligue 1: Lille, Paris Saint Germain and Lyon Emerge Victorious In Ligue 1 Title Race

By Madellene Kalunda

Lille v Marseille

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

David, from Ottawa, scored in the 90th minute and again two minutes into injury time. The northern side, with 62 points, remains two points ahead of defending champions Paris Saint-Germain, who won 1-0 away to Bordeaux.

Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda kept out shots from United States forward Timothy Weah and David in the second half to frustrate Lille.

Bordeaux v Paris Saint Germain

Midfielder Pablo Sarabia made up for the absence of PSG’s suspended Kylian Mbappe and injured Angel Di Maria and Neymar, while Moise Kean was ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19. They were also without injured midfielder Marco Verratti.

Sarabia earned the French champions a crucial 1-0 win at Bordeaux on Wednesday.

The Spanish national scored in the 20th minute to put Mauricio Pochettino’s side on 60 points from 28 games, which is two behind leaders Lille. It was Sarabia’s fifth league goal this season.

Lyon v Rennes

Houssem Aouar striked in the second-half to hand Olympique Lyonnais a 1-0 home victory over Rennes on Wednesday to send Rudi Garcia’s men top of Ligue 1 ahead of their title rivals’ matches. Lyon are now third on 59 points.

Lyon, who were held by Marseille at the weekend, edged a game of few chances thanks to substitute Aouar’s fifth league goal of the season. Memphis Depay wasted the best opportunity of the first 45 minutes when his effort was saved by Rennes goalkeeper Alfred Gomis.

Lyon started to look more dangerous after the 58th-minute introductions of Aouar and Tino Kadewere off the bench, with the latter seeing a goal ruled out for offside.

Rennes lost away to Lyon for the first time in five meetings, having won the previous four. A fourth straight league defeat for them, having played in this season’s Champions League, leaves them 10th in the table and six points off the European places.