Lille end winless run with Metz triumph

Ligue 1 Conforama > Match Reports

Nicolas Pépé scored twice as LOSC Lille lifted some of the clouds over them with a 3-0 win over bottom side FC Metz on Sunday, ending a winless run of nine matches.

 FC Metz 0-3 LOSC Lille 

The two bottom sides in the league had picked up just nine points between them, and the hosts came into the game with a new man in charge in Frédéric Hantz.

Lille though started the better and Anwar El Ghazi wriggled away from his marker down the right-hand side before crossing for Pépé, whose first effort flashed over the bar and into the crowd (9').

Mike Maignan needed to box away a Miguel Cafu header (10') before Lille riposted through Farès Bahlouli, whose control was perfect, his shot not quite as it went narrowly wide (14').

Maignan again had to be on his toes to keep out Matthieu Dossevi (26') and then saw Renaud Cohade smash a shot wide (29') before Pépé was tripped by Jonathan Rivierz in the dying seconds of the half — the former Angers SCO forward picked himself up to beat Thomas Didillon from the spot (45+2') and register his first LOSC goal in Ligue 1 Conforama.

Didillon instinctively stuck out an arm to prevent half-time substitute Ezequiel Ponce from doubling the visitors' lead (56') but was powerless to deny Bahlouli from doing so shortly afterwards (68').

Ibrahima Niane (69') and Opa Nguette (72') might have pulled one back before Pépé put the game beyond Metz's reach with his second and Lille's third three minutes from time.

THE PLAYER: Nicolas Pépé
After arriving from Angers with high hopes and even bigger expectations, the 22-year-old fell - like Lille - a little flat. This performance, however, suggests he is finally hitting his straps. If he does so, Lille will surely pull away from trouble.

This was Lille's first win in ten league games, ending their longest winless streak since early in the 2003-04 season.

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