Lille could be crowned champion Sunday May 16, but the Mastiffs will have to wait until the last day to know the outcome of their season. By conceding a tasteless draw against Saint-Etienne (0-0), the Lille are more than ever under the threat of Paris Saint-Germain, who did not miss the opportunity to put pressure on the leader by sweeping Reims at Parc des Princes (4-0).
However, facing Saint-Etienne, who has nothing more to play, could have been a formality for the men of Christophe Galtier. But Lille got its feet in the carpet and stumbled the whole match on a team from Saint-Etienne well in place. Luiz Araujo, Burak Yilmaz and Jonathan David came in turn to impale themselves on the green block. The Mastiffs did not frame any shot in the first half, a sign of a feverishness and a tension that we did not know in Lille, usually irresistible in the first half. The Northerners returned to the locker room full of doubts, the opposite of Parisians.
The Mastiffs still have their destiny in hand despite this draw against AS Saint-Etienne
– LOSC (@losclive) May 16, 2021
Mauricio Pochettino’s players, who had no choice but to win to avoid the coronation of Lille in case of victory, quickly made the game easy. On an incursion by Kylian Mbappé, Yunis Abdelhamid let his arm hang over the strike of the French striker. Double penalty for the Rémois: red card for the defender and penalty easily transformed by Neymar. Eleven minutes later, Kylian Mbappé took advantage of a big recovery error from Thomas Foket to score his 26th league goal this season.
In the second period, the Parisian hunter continued to sniff the hesitant tracks of his Lille prey. In numerical superiority since the 10th minute, the Parisians unfolded to finally win 4-0 thanks to a goal from captain Marquinhos on a boxed header and a final achievement from Moise Keane. For their part, Lille never managed to break through the safe of Forez, despite a post from Yusuf Yazıcı on a free kick in the 90th minute.
Slow motion, the Losc nonetheless remains master of its destiny to be crowned Ligue 1 champion for the fourth time in its history. With a point ahead of their Parisian pursuer, the Dogues will be champions in the event of victory against Angers. The Parisians can still hope for a northern misstep, but are now close to letting the title of French champion escape for the second time since 2013.
1 – Only one point separates Lille (80) from Paris (79) before the last day of Ligue 1 of the season, i.e. the smallest gap between a leader and his runner-up at this stage since the 2001/02 season (Lens with a point ahead of Lyon but OL finally champion). Suspense. pic.twitter.com/x5JUTR0oIo
– OptaJean (@OptaJean) May 16, 2021