Montpellier lose 3-1 to Lille as Germain sees red
Already struggling with 11 players, Montpellier were undone by the sending off of Valère Germain just before half-time and collapsed to a 3-1 home loss to Lille in the French league on Sunday.
Exhausted by injuries and suspensions, Montpellier struggled throughout the first half at the Stade de La Mosson but had the chance to open the scoring against the run of play after 20 minutes when Elye Wahi used a smart lob to beat goalie Leo Jardim.
Before that, Lille hit the woodwork twice and dominated the proceedings. The North side kept pushing and got a deserved equalizer four minutes before the break as Canadian striker Jonathan David converted an assist from Remy Cabella in the far corner.
Cabella, who won the French league title with Montpellier in 2012, was not due to play but shrugged off a thigh injury to start and torment his former side in front of a hostile crowd.
The turning point came in added time of the first half when Germain received a direct red card for a reckless foul from behind on Adam Ounas.
As a result, the second half was even more unbalanced. Lille monopolized the ball and turned their dominance into a second goal in the 57th, with Cabella delivering another assist to Angel Gomes. David then completed a brace in added time with an angled left-footed shot, taking his season total to four.
After their 3-0 win at Nantes on Saturday, PSG are top of the points standings with Marseille but with a better goal difference.
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