Canadian striker Jonathan David nets hat trick as Lille draws with Lyon 3-3
LILLE, France (AP-CP) — Canadian striker Jonathan David notched a hat trick for Lille to become the top scorer in the French league and Lyon substitute Alexandre Lacazette netted two late goals to salvage a 3-3 draw on Friday.
David raised his league tally to 19, one more than Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe. The only player from Europe's top five leagues with more goals than the Canadian this season is Manchester City's Erling Haaland (27).
The 23-year-old from Ottawa also became Lille's top goal-scorer in the 21st century with 53, moving past Belgium star Eden Hazard’s 50. David surpassed the mark in 125 games, compared to 194 for Hazard, who now plays for Real Madrid.
David is the first Lille player to score three goals or more in a Ligue 1 game since Nicolas Pepe did it against Amiens in September 2018.
Lille remained in sixth place, level on points with Rennes in the last European spot, while Lyon moved into eighth place on goal difference.
David, who has 22 goals in 38 appearances for Canada, put the host ahead in the 46th minute by converting a low cross from Jonathan Bamba.
The Canadian dedicated his goal to Tiago Djalo, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against Lens last weekend, by holding up his teammate's shirt to the crowd.
David then doubled the lead with a penalty in the 61st after Rayan Cherki's cynical foul on Gabriel Gudmundsson.
Lyon capitalized on a poor clearance from Benjamin Andre to pull one back in the 64th when Bradley Barcola fired home a diagonal strike.
David restored Lille’s two-goal lead by sending Lyon goalkeeper Remy Riou the wrong way from another spot kick in the 79th after Lacazette moved his arm to block a free kick from Remy Cabella.
In his return from a hamstring injury, Lacazette redeemed himself by heading a cross from Sael Kumbedi into the bottom corner to make it 3-2 in the 83rd.
The former Arsenal striker equalized in the 89th by guiding the ball into the top corner after Barcola's cutback.
It could have gone either way in the closing minutes. Lacazette volleyed wide in the second minute of stoppage time and Lille had a penalty canceled in the last seconds after a video review showed minimal contact between Bamba and Kumbedi.
On Saturday, league leader PSG visits Brest and Rennes faces Auxerre. ___
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