KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 12, 2019
Timothy Weah made his first official start for Lille as last season's second place finishers started their Ligue 1 campaign with a dramatic win over Nantes.
Lille 2-1 Nantes
Goals from Victor Osimhen helped Nantes to claim all three points as they came away with the win over Nantes at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Timothy Weah started the game for the Great Danes, playing behind the center forward in a 4-2-3-1 formation, and saw 68 minutes of action.
With a very busy schedule ahead this season, Lille were looking to get their league campaign off to the right start as their second place finish last season gave them an encouraging sign that perhaps they could be the ones to challenge defending champions PSG for the crown.
The host opened the scoring 18 minutes into the contest when Jose Fonte's pass from Lille's end found Osimhen, who did well to bring the ball down with his chest and put his shot past Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lafont.
Lille took their slim into halftime, but the visitors were quick to find the equalizer after the restart when Mehmet Celik unfortunately gifted them a goal when he deflected in a long-range strike from Andrei Girotto, leaving Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan no chance to keep it out.
But Lille were able to find the game-winner 10 minutes from time when Nantes failed to clear the ball from their end, allowing Celik to redeem himself from his previous error as he supplied the cross to Osimhen, who buried the ball in the back of the net to the delight of their fans.
A postive start for the northerners as they look to lay claim to the Ligue 1 crown this season.
Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu, who had an injury-riddled debut season with Rennes last year, came off the bench for the team and played 18 minutes in their 1-0 win over Montpellier.