Ten-men Lille beat struggling Caen

FARO, PORTUGAL - JULY 20: LOSC Lille forward Nicolas Pepe from Ivory Coast during the match between FC Porto v LOSC Lille for Algarve Football Cup 2018 at Estadio do Algarve on July 20, 2018 in Faro, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

High-flying Lille OSC have compounded SM Caen’s woes with a 3-1 away victory at the Stade Michel d’Ornano on Friday night.

Lille maintained their second position in the French Ligue with their 3-1 win at Caen in their 20th league game, as they trail PSG by 10 points.

However, the French Champions have played just 17 games in the league so far this season.

And breathing down their necks, are Olympique Lyon with 33 points after from 18 league matches.

Lille started off in the best possible way with an 8th-minute opener thanks to Nicolas Pepe’s strike. Sky Sports reports.

12 minutes later, Leao Rafael received a brilliant pass from Nicolas Pepe and showed composure inside the box to make it 2-0 from close range. The first half ended 2-0.

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In the 84th minute, Celik Zeki was shown a straight red for a reckless challenge, leaving the ten-men Lille team to see out the game.

But the visitors increased their lead in stoppage time with Nicolas Pepe providing another assist and this time to Luiz Araujo who lashed the ball into the middle of the goal.

Casimir Ninga scored to give Caen a consolation goal in stoppage time to reduce the deficit.

SM Caen are now 16th in the French Ligue table with 18 points after 20 matches and just two points from the relegation zone.