The so called ‘underdogs’ Lille held their composure to claim their first Ligue 1 title in 10 years following a narrow away victory over Angers (2-1) on Sunday. Christophe Galtier’s players knew that a win on the road would ensure that Paris Saint-Germain’s result in Brest would become meaningless for them. The table-toppers put in a professional performance to secure their 24th league victory, with Jonathan David’s 10th-minute opener proving to be the difference. Although Angelo Fulgini pulled one back for Angers late in stoppage time, that was not enough to stop Lille as Burak Yilmaz had already kept the side up with a two-goal difference.
Lille have been here before, despite their reputation as an ‘underdog’. Eden Hazard and Gervinho were part of a team that helped the northern French side win their third Ligue 1 title and their first in 57 years in 2010/11. This season, they’ve relied on David, a 21-year-old Canadian forward, and Yilmaz, a 35-year-old Turkish striker.
Ten years later, we are back in dreamland: this is as real as it gets …
— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) May 23, 2021
Soon after the Les Dogues claimed the title, wishes started pouring in for them, with the fans hailing the side for their remarkable achievement.
Here are some of the best tweets by the football fans on Lille’s victory:
Gabriel left lille last summer to join arsenal.
Tonight, lille won the league and arsenal finished 8th in the league and no European football for next season.#Lille #Ligue1 #AFC
Gabriel right now https://t.co/Kh5mCG9gev
— green&goldfc🇵🇸 (@greengoldfc) May 23, 2021
— Monsieur Verdoux (@omid_a_m) May 23, 2021
— Sorare Del Boy (@FIDelBoy7) May 23, 2021
— MAPS_RIEPS_92 (@Maps_Welsh) May 23, 2021
— Chabzy Media (@ChabzyM) May 22, 2021
Lille are Ligue 1 Champions!
And rightly so they absolutely deserve it. .1 of the best Clubs in the world.
Well run , elite scouts,brilliant squad and excellent coach.
Congratulations to them !#Lille #LOSC #Ligue1 pic.twitter.com/lAAPCwkq1B
— Matthew Bauer (@mattbauer__5) May 23, 2021
— Sportsexpert360 (@sportsexpert360) May 23, 2021
— Scott DeBusk (@DeBuskArt) May 22, 2021
The final match day had a lot of drama, not in just Ligue 1 but other leagues in Europe as well. Clubs fought until the very last minute to secure their place in the next season’s Champions League football. In Serie A, Juventus qualified for the Champions League with a 4-1 victory over Bologna. Napoli were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Verona, which dropped them into Europa. Chelsea lost to Aston Villa in Premier League, yet managed to grab a spot in top-4 of the standings.