Soccer-Yilmaz and Celik strike as Lille stay on title track


Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Lille v OGC Nice - Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, France - May 1, 2021 Lille's Burak Yilmaz celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

PARIS (Reuters) - Lille stayed firmly on track for a first Ligue 1 title since 2011 when goals by Burak Yilmaz and Mehmet Zeki Celik sent them back to the top of the table with a 2-0 home win against 10-man Nice on Saturday.

Turkey internationals Yilmaz and Celik put Christophe Galtier's team on 76 points with three games left after champions Paris St Germain briefly topped the standings with a 2-1 home win against RC Lens earlier on Saturday. [nL1N2MO0CV}

Lille lead PSG by one point and third-placed AS Monaco, who host fourth-placed Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday, by five.

Nice, who had Jordan Lotomba sent off three minutes into the second half, are ninth on 46 points.

Lille got off to a fine start with Yilmaz breaking the deadlock in the 13th minute, firing home a low shot from 18 metres after collecting a pass from Jonathan David.

Nice, who failed to muster a single attempt throughout the game, went down to 10 men when Lotomba picked up a second yellow card for a rough challenge on Jonathan Bamba and with him went their hopes of a comeback.

Celik added a second for Lille in the 56th minute with a superb volley from outside the area before another Yilmaz strike crashed against the post eight minutes later.

Lille next face fifth-placed arch-rivals RC Lens away while PSG travel to Stade Rennes.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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