MX23RW : Tuesday, February 5 23:03:18
Feb 1, 2019 at 12am UK at ​Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Villeneuve d'Ascq)
Lille
vs.
Nice

Result: Nicolas Pepe scores stunner as Lille thrash Patrick Vieira's Nice

Result: Nicolas Pepe scores stunner as Lille thrash Patrick Vieira's Nice
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The Ivory Coast international scored after collecting the ball inside his own half.

Nicolas Pepe's superb solo goal helped high-flying Lille to a fourth successive Ligue 1 victory as they emphatically beat Nice 4-0.

In-form striker Pepe, who has been linked with Arsenal, conjured up memories of France great Thierry Henry by running with the ball from inside his own half and curling home from just inside the area.

The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international's 37th-minute strike was his 16th in the league this season, with only Paris St Germain's World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe having managed more.

Second-placed Lille were already a goal ahead at that point after Portugal Under-21 international Rafael Leao fired into the top right corner inside seven minutes.

Pepe, who also hit a post late on, helped put the result beyond doubt 15 minutes from time, crossing for Jonathan Bamba to convert his ninth league goal of the campaign into the bottom right corner.

Nice, managed by Patrick Vieira, saw their miserable evening compounded when attacking midfielder Pierre Lees-Melou was sent off for a dangerous tackle in the 89th minute.

Substitute Loic Remy then nodded home against his former club in stoppage time to complete a convincing win which leaves Lille 10 points behind runaway leaders PSG.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Paris Saint-GermainPSG21182167135456
2Lille23144540221846
3Lyon23127438261243
4Saint-EtienneSt Etienne2210753326737
5Montpellier HSCMontpellier2299429171236
6StrasbourgStrasbourg2298538251335
7Marseille2310493733434
8Reims2381052021-134
9Nice239771823-534
10Rennes239683131033
11Nimes238693133-230
12Bordeaux227782325-228
13Angers236982427-327
14Toulouse236892233-1126
15NantesNantes2266102729-224
16Dijon2255121934-1520
17Caen2239102031-1118
18MonacoMonaco2346132139-1818
19AmiensAmiens2353151838-2018
20GuingampGuingamp2235141646-3014

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