PARIS: Two late goals from Canadian striker Jonathan David helped Lille beat Marseille 2-0 to lead Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) by two points at the top of Ligue 1.
Defending champions Mauricio Pochettino remain in second place after beating Bordeaux 1-0, while Lyon are one point behind PSG after beating Rennes by the same result.
Monaco, who finished fourth, failed to keep up with the 1-0 defeat in Strasbourg.
Christophe Galtier’s Lille extended their unbeaten run to 10 games but failed to break through Marseille’s defense for almost 90 minutes at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium.
David and Timothy Weah had a chance to break the deadlock in the second half but their attempt was thwarted by Steve Mandanda.
But when the Marseille goalkeeper parried Jonathan Ikone’s try in the 90th minute, David pushed in for the first goal and ensured victory by heading in an Ikone pass three minutes later.
PSG who dropped without Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel di Maria continue to put pressure on Lille at the top of the league.
With striker Moise Kean also rested after COVID-19 positive, Pablo Sarabia appeared to score the winning goal.
“We have a squad of 25, 30 players. We know if we win all the remaining matches, we will emerge champions.
“In football, you have to face one game after another and have to be patient to win the title,” Pochettino said.