Hot Dogues: Tim Weah's Lille moves closer to winning Ligue 1

Tim Weah moved closer to winning a league title with a third club in four pro seasons when Lille beat archrival Lens, 3-0, in the derby du Nord on Friday.

Turk Burak Yilmaz scored two first-half goals to give him goals on five of his last six shots -- the sixth hit the crossbar -- and Canadian Jonathan David added a third goal in the 60th minute shortly before making way for Weah.

The win was the third straight for Les Dogues, who are assured of heading into the final two weeks in first place. They lead defending champion Paris St. Germain by four points. PSG plays at Rennes on Sunday. Monaco and Lyon will both be eliminated from title contention if they don't win this weekend.

Weah made his 37th appearance in all competitions for Lille but first in three weeks. He was injured in the 1-1 tie with Montpellier and missed the next two games. He won the French title with Paris St. Germain and Scottish title with Celtic, which he joined on loan midway through the season, in 2018-19.

After the draw with Montpellier dropped its lead to one point, Lille rallied to beat Lyon, 3-2, and shut out Nice, 2-0, to stay on top. It has won 13 of 18 away goals and lost just one. It closes out the 2020-21 season at home against 12th place St. Etienne and away to 13th place Angers.

Lille's three Ligue 1 titles came in 1946, 1954 and 2011.

1 comment about "Hot Dogues: Tim Weah's Lille moves closer to winning Ligue 1".
  1. Seth Vieux, May 8, 2021 at 1:15 p.m.

    Have really enjoyed following Lille and Weah this past year, really exciting club with a mix of hugely talented youngsters (Johnathan David, Ikone, Sanchez and Weah), players in their prime (GK Maignan, Bamba, Araujo, Yazici, Xeka, Celik) and really classy veterans like Yilmaz, Fonte and Andre. They rotate a ton and are a really flexible squad that defend really well and can be explosive in offense. If you haven't given them a watch it's worth your time.

    I think Weah is going to have a very big career with the USMNT and will hoist at least a few more trophies in his career. If Lille can win out and hold off PSG it will be an amazing story.

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