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Amiens leave Lille deeper in trouble

Publish on 01/04/2019 at 00h00 - S. WILLIS

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Stiven Mendoza's solitary goal gave Amiens SC a 1-0 win at LOSC on Sunday, plunging their northern neighbours further into relegation trouble.

LOSC  0 - 1  Amiens SC

THE MATCH

This game was played behind closed doors at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, a consequence of trouble at the end of Lille's home match against Montpellier Hérault SC last month.

That could not have helped Christophe Galtier's side in their quest to climb out of the danger zone. They did play well in defeat at AS Monaco in their last outing before the international break but there was little encouragement to be found here.

The hosts had enjoyed the better of the chances in the first half but they fell behind shortly after the restart. Junior Alonso got himself into trouble, allowing Mendoza to run into the box from the right and finish low past Mike Maignan (53').

Lille then got confirmation that the breaks often go against you when you are in a relegation battle, as Thiago Mendes hit the woodwork twice in the last 10 minutes for the home side. They have now gone eight games without a win and are still 19th, a point away from the relegation play-off place. In contrast, Amiens have lost just once in six and are now five points clear of the bottom three.

THE PLAYER: Stiven Mendoza

The Colombian journeyman, who had belonged to Corinthians before signing for Amiens in January, was the matchwinner with his second Ligue 1 Conforama goal. And what a precious three points the strike gave his side.

THE STAT: 9

Lille are winless in eight, and have collected just nine points in 12 league games in 2018 since Galtier became coach. At this rate they are heading for relegation.