Captain Jose Fonte rescued some extent for Lille with a thumping late header in a 1-1 house draw with Strasbourg to make sure his facet stayed top of Ligue 1.
Lille is 2 factors forward of defending champion Paris Saint-Germain and three forward of third-place Lyon, which drew 1-1 at Marseille in Sunday’s late sport.
Lyon took the lead within the twentieth minute by means of striker Karl Toko Ekambi, who swept the ball into the nook after being arrange by midfielder Lucas Paqueta.
But Paqueta’s handball simply earlier than halftime gave seventh-place Marseille a penalty, and Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik confidently equalized for his second purpose in three video games since becoming a member of from Napoli.
Lyon ahead Memphis Depay shot simply broad from the sting of the penalty space 10 minutes into the second half and, with 20 minutes left of a good contest, Paqueta was despatched off for a barely late deal with on Dimitri Payet.
Even with 10 males Lyon appeared the extra harmful facet, and Depay completed effectively within the 83rd just for his purpose to be accurately dominated offside, a lot to the Netherlands ahead’s frustration.
Earlier, Strasbourg shocked Lille when it took the lead by means of striker Ludovic Ajorque within the thirty fifth minute, ending powerfully from Frederic Guilbert’s cross.
Both sides wasted possibilities earlier than the 37-year-old Fonte rose at the again put up to satisfy Benjamin Andre’s pinpoint cross from the left.
Strasbourg didn’t come for a draw and nearly scored a dramatic winner within the fifth minute of harm time, however Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan made an excellent save to maintain out striker Habib Diallo’s low shot from 10 meters.
Down south in Monaco, substitute Stefan Jovetic and striker Kevin Volland hit late targets as fourth-place Monaco beat Brest 2-0 to stretch its unbeaten league run to 12 video games and stay within the title chase.
Brest goalkeeper Gautier Larsonneur justified his recall by saving Wissam Ben Yedder’s first-half penalty — Monaco’s first failed penalty this season — and making an awesome save to cease central defender Guillermo Maripan’s highly effective header from a nook within the 74th minute.
But he was overwhelmed one minute later when Jovetic superior to the sting of the penalty space and let fly with a robust shot into the underside proper nook.
Volland confirmed good timing to clip midfielder Aleksandr Golovin’s low free kick over Larsonneur and inside the best put up within the 89th.
Monaco is one level behind Lyon and two behind PSG, which routed rock-bottom Dijon 4-0 on Saturday.