2021-22 Ligue 1
  • Isaac Lihadji (10')
  • Moritz Jenz (19' OG)
  • Reinildo Mandava (30')
  • Sambou Soumano (90'+2')

Lille stretch unbeaten run with win over Lorient as USMNT's Tim Weah returns from injury

Champions Lille extended their unbeaten run in Ligue 1 to nine games when they outclassed visiting Lorient 3-1 in a rescheduled match on Wednesday.

Lille effectively wrapped up victory in the opening half hour with goals by Isaac Lihadji and Reinildo either side of a Moritz Jenz own goal.

United States forward Timothy Weah ended a seven-week layoff entering in the 68th minute of the game. Weah had not played in a match since Dec. 1 at Rennes. Two days later, he injured a thigh during training.

The result lifted Jocelyn Gourvennec's side, who lost three of their six first games this season, up to eighth on 32 points from 21 games, 18 behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain and seven adrift of second-placed Nice.

Lorient, who responded with a stoppage-time goal from Sambou Soumano, are 18th with 17 points while Strasbourg climbed to fourth on 35 points after a 2-0 win at Clermont.

Lille made a brilliant start in a game that had been postponed because of COVID-19 cases at Lorient, breaking the deadlock in the 10th minute when Lihadji fired home from close range after Paul Nardi parried Jonathan David's strike.

Nine minutes later, Jenz deflected Burak Yilmaz's shot into his own net and it got even worse for Lorient when Reinildo headed home from Renato Sanches's free kick.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.