PARIS: Burak Yilmaz once again shone as Lille remained on track to win the Ligue 1 title by beating 10-man Nice 2-0 this morning, a result that gave the north squad a point ahead of title-holders Paris Saint-Germain on the podium. three games left.
Yilmaz and compatriot from Turkey Zeki Celik exploded for Lille when they met Nice who played most of the second half with 10 men after defender Jordan Lotomba was sent off.
Veteran striker Yilmaz, 35, was inspired by two goals as Lille bounced back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 at Lyon last week and he was also a catalyst as Christophe Galtier’s side responded after PSG beat Lens 2-1 in the opening match. .
Yilmaz blasted a swipe kick into the corner from a distance of 20 meters and after Lotomba was shown a second yellow card, Celik volleyed for Lille’s second goal in the 56th minute.
If Lille win their last three games against Lens, Saint-Etienne and Angers, they will be champions for the first time since 2011.
“Three points, without conceding, it’s good,” captain Jose Fonte told Canal+.
“It was an important win at home because we haven’t won here for a while, and the fight continues. We’re going through three tough games and we have to keep fighting.”