FOX-IN-THE-BOX OSIMHEN RESCUES POINT FOR LILLE
Victor Osimhen kept up his scoring run at Stade Pierre Mauroy, salvaging a point for his side in a 2-2 draw with visiting Nimes.
Loic Remy had put Les Dogues ahead, forcing the ball high into the net at the second time of asking, after Nimes goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni had made a fine double-save as Lille poured forward on the break.
Deep into added time at the end of the first half however, Christoph Galtier’s side surrendered their advantage. Nimes winger Romain Philippoteaux drove into the box, but appeared to be going away from goal before being chopped down in crude fashion by experienced Portugal centre-back Jose Fonte. Renaud Ripart converted the resulting penalty, sending Mike Maignan the wrong way from the spot to tie the score.
Nimes woud then turn the game on its head in the 71st minute, taking the lead through striker Kevin Denkey, who stole in at the near post ahead of Fonte to poke home a low cross from Ripart.
Never before had Lille been behind on home soil this season, and they went in search of an equalizer. Eight minutes later, it arrived via the boot of their top scorer.
A lofted ball into the box was headed down, and after two blocked shot attempts, the ball broke free inside the six-yard area. Osimhen reacted quickest, swivelling to fire the ball home and restore parity.
Lille would however drop points at home for the first time this season, a result that saw them miss the chance to go up to third in the table.
Osimhen’s goal tally for the season now stands at seven in the league.