François Kamano netted twice as Girondins de Bordeaux came from behind to beat LOSC 2-1 and deepen the woes of the 2011 champions.
Girondins de Bordeaux 2 - 1 LOSC
Desperate times call for desperate measures and Lille coach Christophe Galtier knew he had to do something to breathe life into his struggling side ahead of this crucial game at the Matmut Atlantique. Winless in eight matches and in the relegation zone, Galtier decided to drop goalkeeper Mike Maignan, leaving the former Paris Saint-Germain custodian out of his squad altogether as Burkina Faso international Hervé Koffi came in.
Meanwhile, after a flat performance in losing 1-0 at home to Amiens SC last time out, Galtier saw Lille take an early lead here. Kévin Malcuit delivered a low cross from the right towards the near post, where Lebo Mothiba was on hand to turn the ball into the net off the underside of the bar.
It was the South African's third goal since being recalled from a loan at Valenciennes FC in January, but Lille could not hold onto their advantage.
Bordeaux turned the game on its head in a dramatic final five minutes of the first half. Koffi did not cover himself in glory at the equaliser, making a meal of dealing with a Malcom cross. Kamano was there to take advantage and turn in to make it 1-1 (43').
Mendes sent off
It got worse for the visitors right on the stroke of half-time as Jaroslav Plasil fed Martin Braithwaite and his low ball across the face of goal was converted by Kamano from inside the six-yard box (45').
Lille's hopes of hauling themselves back into the game were dented when they were reduced to 10 men just after the hour mark. Thiago Mendes had not long been booked for a foul on Lukas Lerager when he was shown a second yellow for a foul on Younousse Sankharé, leaving him to trudge off for an early bath (63').
Bordeaux held on with their extra man to claim a much-needed win, their first in seven games, as they remain in mid-table. Lille, in contrast, remain in deep, deep trouble.
THE PLAYER: François Kamano
Kamano was recalled to the starting line-up by coach Gustavo Poyet and proved to be the hero with his quick-fire brace. The last time he scored twice in the same game was in a 4-0 victory at SM Caen in February last year.
THE STAT: 9
Lille are now nine games without a win, with just three points taken from a possible 27 in that time. The only saving grace for them this weekend is that ESTAC Troyes and Toulouse FC, the two sides immediately above them, both lost too.