The LOSC held up the shock! Traveling to Angers this Sunday evening on the occasion of the 38th and last day of Ligue 1, the Mastiffs managed to beat the SCO (2-1) to clinch the title of French Champion 2020/2021. They lift the 4th national title in the history of the club, 10 years after the last won by the gang of Eden Hazard, Rio Mavuba and other Yohan Cabaye, and directed by Rudi Garcia.
Jonathan David, left on the edge of the offside, put Lille on the right track for entry to the Raymond-Kopa stadium, by transforming without trembling a subtle ball stung from Renato Sanches (10th). Then it was the man of the season on the northerly side, Burak Yilmaz, who reinforced his team by scoring, on a penalty obtained by the Canadian (again), his 16th goal of the season in the league just before half-time. (45th + 1). Even if Angelo Fulgini reduced the score with the head at the end of the game (90th + 2), without being flamboyant, the LOSC did the work to confirm their very good 20-21 season in L1.
It is a huge surprise even if for several weeks, this scenario began to emerge. Nobody would have bet a euro on the LOSC title at the start of the season. Of course, Christophe Galtier has managed to shape a young and talented group, led by some old scoundrels like Burak Yilmaz, José Fonte or Benjamin André, but PSG, finally 2nd in this Ligue 1, appeared to be the immense favorite.
The decisive victory at the Parc des Princes
Only, the finalist of the previous edition of the Champions League had staff problems between long injuries, suspensions and the epidemic of covid which regularly handicapped him. And then there was this change of coach, Pochettino replacing Tuchel at mid-season but already this PSG, which knew an unusual number of defeats in the league, seemed to be taken.
Lille saw it well and jumped at the opportunity, recovering the leader’s chair during the 22nd day. He will never be released again, except for the 30th day (defeat against Nîmes). The following weekend, the Mastiffs won at Parc des Princes 1-0 in a decisive match, and definitely took the lead. It is the most regular team that is rewarded. After 1946, 1954 and 2011, there are now 2021 entries on the list.
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🏆 Ten years later, we’ve all dreamed of it: it’s now a reality …
– LOSC (@losclive) May 23, 2021