OSIMHEN POWERS LILLE TRIUMPH OVER STRASBOURG

Victor Osimhen scored one and assisted the other as Lille swept to a 2-0 victory over Strasbourg as Stade Pierre Mauroy.

The Nigeria international continued his great run of form on home soil, scoring for the fourth game running in the North of France to open the scoring here for Les Dogues just before half-time. He pounced on an error in the visitor’s defence, took a touch to steady himself, and then sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from just outside the six-yard box.

That goal was bookended by two gilt-edged chances, which were spurned by the 20-year-old in the opening period, but he dispelled any notions of a late fight-back by setting up strike partner Loic Remy for the game’s second.

Receiving the ball with his back to goal, Osimhen held off the attentions of a defender, took a touch, and then played a sublime reverse pass into the path of former Marseille and Newcastle man Remy. The former France international made no mistake, burying the ball in the far corner to secure the points for Christoph Galtier’s side.

Osimhen’s six goals and two assists in the opening seven games of the Ligue 1 season have Lille up to third in the league standings, three points off PSG in top spot and two behind second-place Angers.

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