Origi inspires Lille to top of the table
By S. Telford
A goal (46') and an assist (49') from Divock Origi helped LOSC Lille to a 2-0 win over FC Nantes, seeing Les Dogues take temporary charge at the top of the division.
LOSC Lille 2 - 0 FC Nantes
Lille kept up their 100 percent start to the season, winning past Nantes 2-0 at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Les Canaris started brightly and should have taken the lead in the first half, but they had their wings clipped after LOSC's furious start to the second, with Origi grabbing his second of the season before turning provider for Marcos Lopes just minutes later.
Nantes began the game four places but just a single point behind their sixth-placed hosts. Michel Der Zakarian restored Serge Gakpé to the side from the team that beat Montpellier Hérault SC in Week 4, and the former AS Monaco man wasted little time in asserting his case for further inclusion. Gakpé's movement in the Lille box was causing problems and he came close to making it 1-0 to Nantes after getting to Alejandro Bedoya's deflected header first. However, home 'keeper Vincent Enyeama showed fantastic reactions to make the save (36').
Veretout hits woodwork
Dimitri Payet was the last Nantes player to score against Lille back in December 2006, but after a first half in which they dominated possession, it looked like that drought could end at any moment. Jordan Veretout - one of a number of Nantes players to have extended their contracts in recent weeks - was the next to ask questions of the home defence, cutting inside from the left flank before letting fly, only to see his effort bounce back off the post (39').
René Girard had lamented before kick-off that Sunday's opponents had had fewer players than Lille on international duty in midweek, and LOSC certainly looked worse for wear after a torrid opening 45 minutes. The tactician brought Lopes on for the hitherto ineffectual Marvin Martin (46') for the second half, and the upturn in the home side's tempo was palpable. Sébastien Corchia bombed forward from right back before crossing into the box. His delivery was blocked by Olivier Veigneau, but Florent Balmont picked up the pieces before floating the ball to the back post, and Origi was on hand to nod home his second goal of the season (46').
Nantes had barely had time to digest that goal when they conceded another. This time Origi turned provider for Lopes and the 18-year-old Portuguese's first touch of the game took him away from Oswaldo Vizcarrondo, his second gave him score his first goal since his loan signing from Manchester City, chipping the ball over a helpless Maxime Dupé (49').
Lille could have added gloss to the scoreline in the final half hour. Jonathan Delaplace came closest when he headed wide from another Corchia cross with the goal at his mercy (58'), before Lopes played in Idrissa Gueye late on only to see the Senegalese fire straight at the legs of Dupé (87'). Lille will nonetheless be happy after taking points off Nantes for the 11th consecutive game. Lille move provisionally ahead of Girondins de Bordeaux at the summit, while Nantes stay tenth.