FRENCH LIGUE 1

Grand Stade Lille Metropole

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Lille

  • Salomon Kalou 20'
  • Dimitri Payet 49'
  • Salomon Kalou 77'

3 - 0

FT

Kalou brace sees off Reims

Salomon Kalou celebrates his double against Reims

Salomon Kalou scored twice as Lille moved into a Europa League spot with an

emphatic win over Reims in Ligue 1 tonight.

Kalou struck in either half, sandwiching a strike by Dimitri Payet as the hosts

moved into fourth spot ahead of Nice on goal difference, with Claude Puel's side

playing Evian on Sunday.

Defeat leaves Reims five points above Evian, who occupy the third relegation

spot with the latter having three games remaining.

Lille almost took an early lead when Payet's corner found Ronnie Rodelin at the

far post and his header skimmed the woodwork.

The hosts went ahead in the 20th minute. Rodelin flicked the ball through to

Kalou with the former Chelsea player outpacing defender Anthony Weber before

dribbling past goalkeeper Kossi Agassa and slotting the ball into an empty net.

It was all Lille as Marvin Martin freed Payet on the right of the area and he

raced into the middle and past the attentions of defender Antoine Devaux before

curling a left-footed shot which crashed against the bar.

Payet was a constant menace to Reims and his fierce drive forced Agassa to go

full stretch to keep the ball out but despite all their domination, Rudi

Garcia's side only went in at the break a goal to the good.

They were almost made to pay three minutes after the break as they enjoyed some

good fortune when Diego's snap-shot went between goalkeeper Barel Mouko's legs

but rolled along the line rather than over it.

Lille heeded the warning and doubled their lead a minute later as Payet got a

thoroughly deserved goal.

Martin flicked the ball up front towards Payet who raced to the edge of the

area and unleashed a fierce shot which flew just under the bar.

Rodelin hit the side netting with a shot before the visitors almost pulled one

back when Floyd Ayite's left-footed volley went inches over the bar.

However, victory was confirmed for Lille 13 minutes from time and again Payet

was involved, freeing Kalou who raced along the edge of the area and past

defender Franck Signorino before he unleashed a sudden low shot to beat Agassa

to his left.

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Scoring Summary

  • Lille
  • Stade de Reims
 

Match Stats

  • Lille
  • Stade de Reims
19(4) Shots (on goal) 14(1)
15 Fouls 15
5 Corner kicks 7
1 Offsides 7
57% Time of Possession 43%
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
1 Saves 1

Teams

  • Lille
  • Stade de Reims
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