Hexagoal Ligue 1 Trophy

Five-star Lille secure second place

Publish on 18/05/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS


Nicolas Pépé was on target twice against his old club as LOSC hit Angers SCO for five to confirm that they will finish in second place and will be in the UEFA Champions League group stage next season.

LOSC  5 - 0  Angers SCO 


Lille came into the penultimate weekend of the campaign six points clear of Olympique Lyonnais in third and with a far superior goal difference, meaning second place - and a guaranteed Champions League group-stage berth - was already effectively secure.

Indeed their celebrations at the end of last week's win against Girondins de Bordeaux suggested they knew as much. However, Christophe Galtier's men still wanted to make absolutely sure and finish on a high in front of their own fans.

They took just two minutes to get the breakthrough here, Jonathan Bamba setting up Jonathan Ikoné to score his third goal of the campaign. Pépé then hit the bar before he made it 2-0 in the 14th minute, finishing past Ludovic Butelle after being set up by Ikoné.

No mercy

Angers could not find a way back into the game and Lille ran away with the game in the final 20 minutes as they claimed yet another big home victory. Zeki Çelik set up Bamba as he got his name on the scoresheet, his 13th in the league this season ending this game as a contest (70').

Pépé got his second and Lille's fourth from the penalty spot after Çelik had been fouled in the box by Rayan Aït-Nouri (77'), and substitute Luiz Araújo put the seal on the victory with two minutes remaining as he ran through to beat Butelle.

It is just one defeat in 18 Ligue 1 Conforama games in 2019 for Lille, who head to Stade Rennais FC on the final day of the season knowing a point will see them match their tally of 76 points from their title-winning 2010-11 campaign. Angers are 13th.

THE PLAYER: Nicolas Pépé

Pépé was coming up against the club he left in 2017 to join Lille and take his game to another level. The player of the year contender showed no mercy to Angers as he scored twice to take his tally of goals in the league this season to 22.


Lille scored five goals at home for the third time in four outings at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. They beat Paris Saint-Germain 5-1 (Wk 32) and Nîmes Olympique 5-0 (Wk 34) before only edging Bordeaux 1-0 last weekend.