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Lille’s Nicolas Pepe edges closer to Eden Hazard's record

13:49 IST 16/04/2019
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The Cote d'Ivoire international starred as Lille postponed PSG's Ligue 1 triumph to move within a goal of a record-equaling mark

Nicolas Pepe became the first Lille player since Eden Hazard to score 19 goals in a single Ligue 1 season after his match-winner against Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

In the 51st minute, the Cote d'Ivoire forward made it 2-1 against the 10-man Parisians. The game had started in their favour after Thomas Meunier's seventh-minute own goal but Juan Bernat leveled four minutes later.

The left-back was then shown a straight red card just before the interval.

Jonathan Bamba, Gabriel and Jose Fonte scored more goals to condemn PSG to a 5-1 defeat, thus, extending their wait for the Ligue 1 trophy.

The last time a Lille player scored 19 goals was during their successful 2011/12 season when Hazard finished with 20 goals.

Pepe's blistering form this season has seen him linked to a number of top European clubs, and with six league games, he has an excellent chance to surpass the Belgian's mark.