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Ligue 1 roundup: Jonathan David scores brace, Lille down depleted Montpellier

Canada's Jonathan David scored two goals and Lille took a 3-1 away win to Montpellier in Ligue 1 on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Lille's Jonathan David celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League group G soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and Lille OSC in Wolfsburg, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. (Martin Meissner/AP)

Canada's Jonathan David scored two goals and Lille took a 3-1 away win to Montpellier in Ligue 1 on Sunday, Sept. 4. 

The hosts were undone by the sending off of Valere Germain just before half-time.

Depleted by injuries and suspensions, Montpellier struggled throughout the first half at La Mosson stadium but was lucky to open the scoring against the run of play after 20 minutes when Elye Wahi used a clever lob to beat goalkeeper Leo Jardim.

Cabella, who won the French league title with Montpellier back in 2012, was not expected to play but shook off a thigh injury to start and torment his former team in front of a hostile crowd.

The turning point came deep into added time of the first half when Germain received a straight red card for a reckless foul from behind on Adam Ounas.

As a result, the second half was even more lopsided. Lille monopolized the ball and turned its dominance into a second goal in the 57th, with Cabella delivering another decisive pass to Angel Gomes. David then completed a brace in added time with a left-footed angled shot, taking his season's tally to four.

Following its 3-0 win at Nantes on Saturday, PSG leads the standings level on points with Marseille but a better goal difference.

Lens still unbeaten

Loïs Openda's header from close range ensured Lens remained unbeaten in third place, two points behind the leading duo.

Openda's equalizer from Florian Sotoca's assist in a 1-1 draw at Reims came nine minutes from time after Folarin Balogun had put the hosts in front in the 70th minute. Lens went one goal down soon after Colombian defender Deiver Machado was sent off for a foul on Junya Ito.

Also reduced to 10 men — for an hour — Strasbourg managed to secure a 1-1 draw at Brest. Elsewhere, Clermont beat Toulouse 2-0 and Lorient won 1-0 at last-place Ajaccio.

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