Renato Sanches netted a brilliant late winner to give Lille a 2-1 win over Montpellier on Friday as a fourth successive Ligue 1 victory kept them on the run for a come-back to the Champions League.
Portuguese international and Euro 2016 winner Renato Sanches, his club’s most expensive deal as of when he signed for 20 million euros from Bayern Munich in the summer, scored the goal in the 84th minute.
“Sanches had his best game for us. He pulls off some magnificent moves, even if sometimes he tries them in areas that do not appeal too much to a coach! But fans come to the stadium to see players like that,” said Lille coach Christophe Galtier.
Jonathan Ikone scored the opener for Lille from the penalty spot few minutes to the half-time interval only for Andy Delort to send in the equalizer in the 74th minute from a rare Montpellier attack.
Lille’s Kenyan international Victor Osimhen lost a last-minute penalty that could have made a lot more difference.
That not withstanding, Lille were worth the winning as they look to return to the Champions League next season after a disappointing campaign this season which saw them lose five matches out of six group games.