28 April 2019 Lille 5 Nimes 0 Ligue 1


Youssouf Kone (Mali) - Lille left-back, quick to go forward, battled with Thioub, left foot delivery, supplied the excellent cross for the second goal, overall very good, cramped near the end.

Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Cast) - coveted wide man, mostly left foot, long-striding, better in the second half as were his team, pacy though not at the Mbappe level. 

Herve Lybohy (Ivory Coast) - left-sided centre back for Nimes, looked solid but often exposed especially in the second period, struggled, as did the rest of his defence.

Denis Bouanga (Gabon) - Nimes wide man, stayed on the left with the odd move inside, right footed, lacks pace, subbed on 75 minutes.

Sada Thioub (Senegal) - right-sided Nimes wide man, did move inside to get involved, tough against Kone, some decent surges, taken off with 5 minutes remaining.

Rashid Alioui (Morocco) - brought on as Nimes striker in the second half, but inevitably found it hard to make an impact, often isolated as his team concentrated on defending.


In a classic game of two halves, Lille became frustrated with their initial inability to create chances.

Nimes might. in fact, have gone ahead if striker Guillaume had connected with a dangerous cross in the first period.

But the home side would step it up after the interval and they went ahead when experienced striker Loic Remy was given an easy finish following an interception by Soumare.

Jonathan Bamba soon added a second after he headed in Kone's cross.

Once Lille found their rhythm the contest looked over.

And transfer target Nicolas Pepe would get in on the act, scoring from close range later in the half.

A fifth from substitute Rui Fonte in added time sealed the three points for Lille much to the enjoyment of the 36,000 crowd in the Stade Mauroy.

Lille thus virtually assured their qualification for next years Champions League.


report & analysis - John Bethell





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