Nobody can with the Lille

With a goal from veteran Burak Yilmaz, the Northerners won by the minimum on their visit to the Metz field in a game in which they sweated ink.

Nobody-can-with-the-Lille

With six games to go before the end of Ligue 1, Lille has become the great contender to seize the throne from PSG. The northern team ahead of the Parisians by six points with one more game and this Friday took a giant step in their fight for the title. They won 0-2 at Metz in a game that sweated ink and that had Maignan as its great star, who saved a penalty and was decisive again. Veteran Yilmaz and Celik ultimately signed off a vital victory for the Northerners.

For Lille, winning was a moral blow after the victory last week at the Parc des Princes. Placing yourself with a six-point advantage over PSG (with one more game) with the Parisians having to play this Saturday with multiple casualties in Strasbourg brought the Doges closer to a title that they have not achieved for a decade. Galtier, without Jonathan David due to a torn ankle ligament, repeated the 4-4-2 that gave him so much success in Paris, with the return to the starting eleven of veteran Burak Yilmaz.

The same thing happened to Lille as in recent months, despite having won on Saturday at the Parc des Princes. When the rival closes and is vertical, the Northerners have many complications to reach the rival area. A tough and fierce Metz was superior to the leader of Ligue 1 during the 45 minutes and enjoyed great chances to go ahead on the scoreboard.

The clearest of all was, without a doubt, the penalty that Leya-Iseka missed. Or rather, that Maignan repelled with an extraordinary stop. The PSG youth squad has become one of the most decisive goalkeepers of the season in Europe and proof of this is his impressive intervention from 11 meters against Batshuayi's little brother. Although Lille went from less to more, they hardly bothered Oukidja and he went to the dressing room tunnel with a poor record of a shot on goal.

Metz repeated the script of the first half and advanced lines in the second, forcing Maignan to intervene again in a great shot from Leya-Iseka in the front of the area. Minutes later, a shot from Sarr at the peak of the area ended up crashing into the post after hitting Botman, further evidence that the local goal was much closer than the visitor.

However, in football they do not deserve, they are marked. And the greatest demonstration of this is this Friday's Metz-Lille. The Lille was caged and practically knocked out, until Burak Yilmaz appeared. The 35-year-old Turk has already scored 10 goals in Ligue 1 and took advantage of a fantastic Renato Sanches reverse to beat Oukidja and overtake Lille on the Moselle. In the final stretch, Celik, with a great goal in a rehearsed play in a corner, closed the victory for Lille, who are sleeping with a six-point advantage over PSG.



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