Les Dogues left it late to secure all three points against Marseille....
Les Dogues damaged Marseille’s hopes of retaining the Ligue 1 title with a dominant 2-1 victory at the Stade Velodrome.
Eden Hazard opened the scoring with a sublime 40-yard sizzler but Loic Remy levelled the game early in the second half.
Lille’s Frau provided the late drama as he turned home a cross in injury time to send les Dogues back to the top of Ligue 1.
The officials had been the early focus of this high-profile game but the attention soon turned towards the football on show.
The game was beginning to settle into a rhythm when Hazard stunned the home crowd after just 10 minutes.
The Belgian striker picked the ball up 40 yards from goal without any obvious danger. He took two touches before unleashing an incredible strike past Steve Mandanda into the top corner.
L’OM came close to finding an immediate reply when Brandao clipped a beautiful ball into Loic Remy, but the striker’s touch failed him when trying to control the pass.
The game became heated and threatened to boil over, but referee Johan Hamel, who was making his top flight debut tonight, coped admirably in ensuring the game didn’t get out of control.
Marseille should have found themselves two down when Moussa Sow was played in by Florent Balmont but Lille’s top scorer fired over from close range.
Les Dogues created a further chance to double their lead after determined play from Sow. He rode three challenges before laying the ball off to Gervinho whose eventual shot was well blocked by Stephane Mbia.
Gervinho came close just before the break when he found the target but the striker’s shot was parried away by Mandanda to keep L’OM to within one goal at the break.
Didier Deschamps introduced Andre Gignac, returning to action for the first time since his injury, into the fray at half-time in the hope of rescuing the game and his sides title ambitions.
Marseille were gifted their equaliser soon after the break when Rod Fanni’s weak defensive header fell perfectly for Loic Remy who drilled the equalising goal past Mickael Landreu.
Lille looked to restore their lead when Moussa Sow had Mandanda scrambling across his goal but the ‘keeper was able to palm the striker’s effort around the post.
Deschamps looked to encourage his team forward in search of a decisive second goal and they nearly obliged when Andre Ayew met Hazard’s free-kick ahead of the ‘keeper which narrowly missed the far post.
Johan Hamel was faced with a game changing decision with ten minutes to play when Souleymane Diawara brought down Sow earning the defender a yellow card, when others may have produced red.
Lille scored a deserved winner in injury time through substitute Frau. The striker got on the end of Emerson’s cross and turned the ball home to secure all three points.
The result see’s Lille return to the top of Ligue 1 ahead of Rennes as Marseille reflect on defeat, and their title chase takes a massive hit at the hands of les Dogues.