Origi penalty enough for Lille to beat Caen

The Belgian striker, son of ex-Kenyan international Mike Okoth converted his first goal of the season to earn Lille FC their fourth point from two games

Liverpool loanee Divock Origi netted as Lille won 1-0 at Caen to become the early leaders of Ligue 1 on Friday.

That was the first goal of the new season for the 19-year-old, who was sold by Lille to Liverpool this summer before being immediately loaned back to the French club, and earned his side their opening victory.

The Belgian striker, son of former Kenyan international Mike Okoth, converted a 69th-minute penalty to earn Lille their fourth point from their first two games.

Origi should have opened the scoring on 19 minutes when he headed Florent Balmont's cross wide, and this lucky escape seemed to spur Caen into action as Florian Raspentino and Julien Feret went close in quick succession.

Lille replied with a Marvin Martin shot from distance which flew over the crossbar, but it was Caen who were pressing after the interval as Raspentino forced Vincent Enyeama into a good save and Jordan Adeoti and Bengali-Fode Koita shot wide from good positions.

Dennis Appiah's clumsy defending on 67 minutes gifted Lille the ascendancy as his foul on Origi in the box saw him sent off, and the teenage striker stepped up to tuck the ball into the bottom corner.

Ten-man Caen rarely threatened an equaliser as Lille claimed three points to add to their opening-day draw, but the result was slightly marred by Origi's late withdrawal due to injury.