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Four games left, Lille reclaims lead from PSG in France

Paris: Lille showed why it is a French title contender to be reckoned with after coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at rival Lyon on Sunday, reclaiming first place from Paris Saint-Germain by one point with four games left in a thrilling race.

Lille looked to be heading for only its fourth defeat of the season after forward Islam Slimani fired fourth-place Lyon ahead, and central defender Jose Fonte put through his own net in a one-sided first half.

But veteran striker Burak Yilmaz showed just why he scored nearly 200 goals in Turkish football with two goals, either side of setting up Canada forward Jonathan David.

Yilmaz struck the winner in the 85th minute after countryman Yusuf Yazici headed a pass into his path and he finished confidently past goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

“We knew it wasn’t over at 2-0 down, even if it was difficult,” David said, “Our strength is teamwork. These wins prove we can go all the way.”

Lyon had dominated the first half.

Slimani was put through by Memphis Depay but his lob over goalkeeper Mike Maignan was a little too high and landed on top of the net.

He made up for it three minutes later when he met midfielder Maxence Caqueret’s fine cross from the right and clipped the ball into the top corner.

Lille thought it had equalized midway through the first half when David slid to score from Yilmaz’s cross, but a replay ruled that Yilmaz was offside when breaking from the halfway line.

Maignan has been the league’s best goalkeeper with PSG’s Keylor Navas but badly misjudged a free kick from the right in the 35th, leading to an own goal as the ball drifted over Maignan and bounced off Fonte.

Yilmaz netted a 25-meter free kick just before the break and then broke down the left to set up David for 2-2 in the 60th.

Earlier, Wissam Ben Yedder scored with a superb finish as third-place Monaco won 1-0 at Angers to stay one point behind PSG.

The France striker latched onto a pass from midfield and expertly dinked the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni in the 79th minute for his 18th league goal of the season.

“It’s good that we won this game, it was difficult,” Ben Yedder said. “We know we’re in the final sprint now. Some people are saying we will finish as champions, but we’ll take what we can. Every match will be hard.”

Forward Stevan Jovetic had an early chance saved by Bernardoni and then limped off injured after 16 minutes. He was replaced by Ben Yedder, who is being cleverly used as a substitute in recent game s by coach Niko Kovac, regardless of his status.

“Whether I start the game or not, the important thing is to play collectively and help the team out,” Ben Yedder said.

Monaco has lost only once in 23 games overall

PSG won 3-1 at Metz on Saturday with Kylian Mbappe scoring twice to take his league-leading tally to 25.