The one positive from Canada’s CONCACAF Nations League exit against Jamaica: Jonathan David may just have found his mojo.
David was one of the most prolific strikers in Europe last season. His 24 league goals in 37 Ligue 1 games had the Canadian linked with clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, PSG, Inter and AC Milan, Bayern Munich, and even a big-money move to Saudi Arabia this summer. But a move never materialized and the goals dried up this season.
Until this month.
The 23-year-old had not scored a goal in any game since his September 20 penalty for Lille against Slovenian side NK Olimpija Ljubljana in the Europa Conference League. He hadn’t netted from open play since August 31, and hadn’t scored in Ligue 1 since August 27.
But after a tap in goal for Canada in CanMNT’s Nations League first-leg win over Jamaica opened the faucet, David returned to his French club and opened the scoring on Sunday away to Lyon with a brilliant finish beat goalkeeper Anthony Lopes after taking full advantage of some poor Lyon defending.
Lyon’s hopes of winning back-to-back games for the first time in six months were dashed as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Lille at the Groupama Stadium in Sunday’s late Ligue 1 fixture. Lille, on the other hand were eager to bounce back from a disappointing draw against Toulouse before the international break.
Les Dogues started the match on the front foot, with two early penalty appeals for handballs being turned down by the referee.
Lille doubled their lead with a powerful strike from Tiago Santos, taking full control of the match, leaving Lyon looking lost. A weak header from Henrique fell straight to Santos, who didn’t hesitate to fire a spectacular shot past Lopes.
Yazıcı had a chance to extend Lille’s lead further, but his shot went over the bar after some good link-up play between Zhegrova and David. Tino Kadewere had a chance to pull one back for Lyon with a header from a corner, but his effort hit his shoulder and didn’t trouble Chevalier. Lille went into halftime with a comfortable 2-0 lead which Lyon couldn’t overturn.
Lille visit Olimpija Ljubljana on Thursday on Europa Conference League Matchday 5 and return to Ligue 1 action next Sunday when they host Metz at Stade Pierre Mauroy.