Canadian international Jonathan David helps Lille claim French Ligue 1 title

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ANGERS, France – Canadian international Jonathan David scored a goal and helped prepare the other Sunday as Lille sealed the French league title with a 2-1 victory over Angers.

ANGERS, France – Canadian international Jonathan David scored a goal and helped prepare the other Sunday as Lille sealed the French league title with a 2-1 victory over Angers.

The victory on the last day of the season left Lille (24-3-11, 83 points) ahead of defending champion Paris Saint-Germain (26-8-4, 82 points) and AS Monaco (24- 8-6, 78 points).

PSG won 2-0 in Brest while Monaco drew 0-0 in Lens.

David opened Lille in the 10th minute at the Raymond Kopa stadium, put alone by Renato Sanches before slipping a low shot under Angers goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni. It was David’s 13th goal of the season, adding to his Canadian record for the season in one of Europe’s top five leagues.

The 21-year-old Ottawa set the stage for the second goal by winning a 45th-minute penalty after coming into contact with Bernardoni. Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz scored the home penalty in the first half timeout.

Angers scored a consolation goal in the stoppage time for the second half.

Lille players rushed onto the pitch at the final whistle to celebrate in the empty stadium.

It was the fourth French title for Lille and the first since 2011. PSG had won seven of the last eight French titles.

David, who arrived in Lille last August from Belgium Gent, has had a slow start to his first season in France, failing to score in his first 10 league outings. But then he grew strong, forming a dangerous partnership with Yilmaz.

On the international front, David has scored 11 goals in 12 appearances for Canada. He is the first Canadian to win the French title.

David joins fellow Canadians Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich, Germany), Atiba Hutchinson and Cyle Larin (Besiktas, Turkey), Scott Arfield (Rangers, Scotland), Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia), Jessie Fleming (Chelsea, England) and Cloe Lacasse (Benfica, Portugal) won league titles in 2021.

Paris Saint-Germain, with Canadians Ashley Lawrence and Jordyn Huitema on the roster, are currently leading the French women’s standings just ahead of Lyon by Canadian Kadeisha Buchanan. Buchanan has won the league for the past four seasons with Lyon.

On Saturday, Canada international David Wotherspoon was named man of the match in St. Johnstone’s 1-0 win over Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 23, 2021.

The Canadian Press



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