On the upward slope for a few matches, the Mastiffs continued their comeback in Strasbourg and are in the first half of the standings.
After a delicate start to the season, Lille have a series of two consecutive successes for the first time. Three days after getting the better of Reims, the reigning French champions were able to rely on a double from Jonathan David to bring back three precious points from their trip to Strasbourg, before returning to the Champions League on Wednesday in Salzburg.
Lille quickly dangerous in this match with a good breakthrough from Angel Gomes, who found David on the right of the surface, but the Canadian stumbled on the very good exit from Sels.
The Mastiffs are better in the match, despite some good outings from the Alsatians, and will end up opening the scoring. Timothy Weah does an important job to recover the leather in front of Djiku, before serving David in withdrawal for the first goal of the evening (0-1, 23rd).
Opposite, Strasbourg will only have succeeded in being dangerous through Thomasson, taken up by a good return from Botmann, and Gameiro, whose pivot strike does not find the frame of Grbic, in these first 45 minutes.
And the pressure from the visitors will intensify when they return from the locker room, David being very close to overtaking the house from the first action of the second period, stumbling once again on a very good Sels. But the Canadian finally has the opportunity to afford the double on a penalty conceded by Djiku for a foul on Weah (0-2, 57th).
The Weah-David doublet which is very close to offering the goal of the KO in Lille on a cross from the first on the second, but the head misses. And like Wednesday night against Reims, Lille will be scared by cashing in the reduction of the score by Ibrahima Sissoko, following a corner (1-2, 75th).
But while the atmosphere continued to rise in the Meinau and Strasbourg was pushing to return, Adrien Thomasson committed the irreparable with a big sole on Thiago Djalo which earned him to be expelled ten minutes from the end of the meeting. In an untenable end to the match, it was Lille which finally carried out the great operation.