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David's late strike helps Lille keep pace in title race

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Jonathan David (R) scored the goal which allowed Lille to keep pace in the Ligue 1 title race

Jonathan David's late strike gave Lille a last-gasp 2-1 home win over Reims on Sunday which moved them level with Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

David pounced to tap home in the first minute of stoppage time after Xeka's powerful low drive was spilled by Reims goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic to put Lille on 42 points, equal with champions PSG and two points ahead of Lyon in third.

Jonathan Bamba's long-range leveller two minutes after the break gave the hosts a chance to snatch the win after Arber Zeneli had given Reims a 35th-minute lead with a cross that bamboozled home stopper Mike Maignan.

Rudi Garcia's Lyon take on mid-table outfit Metz at the Groupama Stadium in Sunday's late match knowing a win would allow them to reclaim top spot.

Lyon are unbeaten in 16 Ligue 1 games, their best run since 2005 and the longest current run of any team in Europe's so-called "Big Five" leagues.

Monaco are six points off the lead in fourth after Wissam Ben Yedder's brace gave them a 3-2 win over Montpellier on Friday.

The Principality club are level on 36 points with fifth-placed Rennes, who earlier on Sunday fought back from going a goal down after just three minutes at Brest to win 2-1.

Benjamin Bourigeaud levelled three minutes later for the away side before Clement Grenier took all three points from the penalty spot with 13 minutes remaining.

Saint-Etienne are just four points above the relegation zone after a 1-0 defeat at Strasbourg.

The 10-time French champions are 16th and winless in five league matches thanks in part to a missed 10th-minute penalty from Ryad Boudebouz.

Ludovic Ajorque scored the winner for the team from Alsace just before the half-hour mark.

Nantes are hovering above the drop zone after drawing 1-1 at home with Lens, with Gael Kakuta's 81st-minute leveller for the away side denying Raymond Domenech a first win in charge of the hosts.

The former France coach has guided Nantes to three straight draws since his much-derided appointment last month, with his team battling a run of games without a win that stretches back to early November.

Bordeaux strolled to a thumping 3-0 win at Nice, who are also without a win in five.

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