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Jonathan David late brace vs. Marseille keeps Lille atop the Ligue 1 table

The Canadian international to the rescue!

Lille’s Canadian forward Jonathan David (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the French L1 football match between Lille LOSC and Marseille at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq, northern France on March 3, 2021.
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ST. JOHN’S, Canada—After a slow start to life at Lille, Jonathan David has really begun to find his form of late, with the Canadian playing hero in the closing moments of his club’s 2-0 result over Marseille.

David bagged a brace with goals in the 90th and 92nd minute to secure all three points for his side in dramatic fashion.

The pair of goals and ensuing victory are massive in the context of the French title race as the win keeps perennial Ligue 1 winner Paris Saint-Germain two points back of Lille, who sit atop the table on 62 points with ten games remaining.

David began the calendar year in fine goalscoring form, finding the back of the net five times across four matches from mid-January to the beginning of February. Since then, the 21-year-old had been somewhat snakebitten before his crucial couple of tallies against Marseille on Wednesday.

The Ottawa native is now tied with teammate Burak Yilmaz for the club’s league goal tally with nine.

If he can continue to provide end product down the stretch and help his club maintain their first-place position, it would be Lille’s first league title since the 2010-11 season and only the second time PSG has failed to win the league since the 2012-13 campaign.