You had to win. One last time. Pass at all costs, even through a mouse hole, in what was shaping up to be one of the most important meetings in the history of LOSC . Deprived of a green light against the Stéphanois (0-0) last weekend, the Lille had no choice. To be sacred while affording the luxury of not looking in their retro, the men of Christophe Galtier – without their captain José Fonte, (suspended) – had to take the three points in Angers, in the heart of a long-awaited evening .
On the ground, the Lille mines are concentrated and released at the same time, as if prepared, programmed to write history despite a stressful context. Yilmaz (4 ‘) then Yazici (7’) set the sights, David adjusts it. Served full axis by Sanches, the Canadian striker wins his face to face at the entrance to the area and opens the scoring (0-1, 10 ‘). The start is ideal, but mistrust remains. Opposite, the Angevins are relieved of any pressure and take initiatives, even granting themselves possession of the ball. But the people of Lille would like to take shelter. So they keep attacking. At the end of a long phase of play, Jonathan David is found in the area, he makes the first touch before being carried away by Bernardoni.Penalty… That Burak Yilmaz transforms smoothly just before the break (0-2, 45 ‘+ 1) . The break is over, the LOSC is 45 minutes of immense happiness!
Now, what to do ? Manage the advantage or keep attacking? Lille first opt for the second option. Sanches takes off his shot too much after a powerful rush on the right side (48 ‘). Then it is the Angevins who show their teeth. Fulgini tests the vigilance of an impeccable and authoritative Maignan (60 ‘). Then it was Thomas ‘turn to send a slight shiver down the backs of all Lille supporters following a header, fortunately not on target from a free kick (63’). But nothing could happen to this LOSC, magnificent and sovereign, despite an anecdotal goal from Fulgini at the end of added time (90 ‘+ 2, 1-2). We won’t go any further. The final whistle formalizes a deserved title.
All we dreamed of was to (re) see Lille champion. Now it’s done! LOSC is the new king of France. This title in the form of an “ exceptional feat ”, as Christophe Galtier described it at a press conference on Friday, the LOSC built it stone by stone, carried despite the health context by a whole people deprived of a stadium but no fervor . From Luchin to Lille-Lesquin airport, via the Pierre Mauroy Stadium, a real red wave has hoisted his team to the top of the mountain in recent weeks.Triumph was our destiny and the Mastiffs accomplished it for us, FOR YOU! Today, they are CHAMPIONS 4 YOU!
10:47 p.m. The three whistle of M.Bastien slam in the air like a deliverance. On the ground, a hoarse cry arises, a team exults. 500 kilometers away, a whole region explodes. LOSC is champion! On the map of France as in the ranking, Lille is at the top and will remain so! After 1946, 1954 and 2011, our Mastiffs will add 2021 to the pantheon of the club with four letters. For eternity.
Jonathan David. He will go down in history as the (first) scorer of the 2021 title, the one who paved the way for the realization of an immense collective work of a whole season. It was 9:10 pm when Jonathan David made the Angevin nets tremble with the phlegm we know him, served on a plate by a Renato Sanches piercing the lines like no one else. This goal, the very first of the evening in Ligue 1, put the Mastiffs on the road to the stars. Lille went there. Straight ahead.