Jostled as rarely, Lille dominated in pain FC Metz (2-0), this Friday, on behalf of the 32nd day of Ligue 1. The Mastiffs consolidate their first place while awaiting the matches of their pursuers this weekend .
Until now, Christophe Galtier has always refused to speak openly about the title. But he will no longer be able to hide for very long behind his usual elements of language. A week after its big hit at the Parc des Princes (1-0), Lille took another step towards its hidden dream by winning this Friday in Metz (2-0), at the opening of the 32nd day of Ligue 1.
This result allows the Mastiffs to consolidate their first place, with provisionally six points ahead of Paris, seven over Monaco and eight over Lyon. Three pursuers who will respectively challenge Strasbourg, Dijon and Angers this weekend. Amazing against PSG, the Mastiffs were this time jostled as rarely by Messins without complex and on the lookout for a European place. But they never cracked and some may see it as the famous luck of the future champion.
The missiles of Yilmaz and Zeki Celik
In his goals, Mike Maignan was simply monstrous. Heroic, even. His festival started in the 17th minute when he relaxed to fend off Aaron Leya Iseka’s penalty, following a hand fault by José Fonte. Announced in particular in the viewfinder of Tottenham, Maignan then disgusted Farid Boulaya (21st, 58th, 80th), Fabien Centonze (28th), Lamine Gueye (59th) and Leya Iseka (50th). Everything has worked for him. When he thought he was beaten, his right amount came to his rescue to prevent Pape Sarr from opening the scoring on an attempt diverted by Sven Botman (52nd). Without ideas and without control, dominated in the pressing, and very little inspired offensively, the Lille seemed to be heading at best towards a draw.
Burak Yilmaz decided otherwise. Aligned at the forefront of the attack in the absence of Jonathan David, injured, the Turkish international delivered his people on time with a powerful shot, leaving no chance for Alexandre Oukidja (60th). Absent two months due to injury, Yilmaz had not scored in club since January 9 (1-0 in Nîmes). His compatriot Mehmet Zeki Çelik was responsible for killing all suspense with a heavy strike from the right as extra time approached (89th). Next meeting for Lille next Friday against Montpellier. With the spirit released by then.