PARIS – Canada’s Jonathan David scored twice as Lille cruised to a 3-1 away win over Montpellier in Ligue 1 on Sunday. The hosts were thwarted by the sending off of Valerie Germain shortly before half-time.
Hampered by injuries and suspensions, Montpellier struggled throughout the first half at the La Moussonne stadium but were fortunate to open the scoring against the run of play after 20 minutes when Elle Whee chipped goalkeeper Leo. Jardim used a clever play to beat him.
Before that, Lyle hit the woodwork twice and dominated the action. The northern side continued to press and deservedly equalized four minutes before the break, as David turned Remy Kabila’s assist into the far corner.
Cabela, who won the French league title with Montpellier in 2012, was not expected to play but avoided a thigh injury to start and torment his former team in front of a hostile crowd.
The turning point came deep into first-half added time when Germain received a straight red card for a careless foul from behind on Adam Oonas.
As a result, the second half was even more muted. Lille controlled the ball and turned their dominance into a second goal in the 57th, Cabela making another decisive pass to Angel Gomes. David then completed a brace in added time with an angled left foot shot to take his tally for the season to four.
After a 3-0 win at Nantes on Saturday, PSG are level on points with Marseille but on better goal difference.
The lens is still unbreakable
Luis Openda’s header from close range ensured Lens remained unbeaten in third place, two points behind the top two.
Openda’s Florian Sotoka assisted the Reims to draw 1-1 nine minutes after Fulren Balogan put the hosts ahead in the 70th minute. Lens was a goal down shortly after Colombia defender Dewar Machado was sent off for a foul on Junia Eto’o.
Also reduced to 10 men – for an hour – Strasbourg managed to secure a 1-1 draw with Brest. Elsewhere, Clermont beat Toulouse 2-0 and Lorient won 1-0 at last-place Ajaccio.