French Ligue 1
Lille2Bastia1

Lille 2-1 Bastia

Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou celebrates scoring in Ligue 1 for Lille

Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou scored twice as Lille came from behind to beat mid-table Bastia and stay in touch with the Ligue 1 pacesetters.

Midfielder Ludovic Genest shocked the hosts with a third-minute opener, before Kalou came to the fore.

The Ivory Coast international showed quick feet to find space and slot home the equaliser, then curled in a sublime finish from the edge of the box.

The result saw Lille move four points behind leaders Paris St-Germain.

The 2010-11 champions boast the most miserly defence in the French top flight with Genest's goal only the sixth they have conceded, and the first at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy since October.

Their Kalou-inspired recovery saw them tighten their grip on third spot, while Bastia, whom Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien counts among his former clubs, remain 13th.

Line-ups

Lille

  • 1Enyeama
  • 18Beria
  • 23Souaré
  • 24Mavuba
  • 14KjaerBooked at 87mins
  • 25BasaBooked at 27mins
  • 4BalmontSubstituted forDelaplaceat 81'minutes
  • 10MartinBooked at 51minsSubstituted forRodelinat 72'minutes
  • 26Roux
  • 8KalouSubstituted forDe Meloat 90+2'minutes
  • 5Gueye

Substitutes

  • 6Delaplace
  • 9De Melo
  • 15Sidibe
  • 16Elana
  • 20Rodelin
  • 22Rozehnal
  • 27Origi

Bastia

  • 1LandreauSubstituted forLecaat 45'minutes
  • 23Diakité
  • 15Palmieri
  • 27Sablé
  • 5Squillaci
  • 21Harek
  • 14GenestBooked at 41mins
  • 20ModestoSubstituted forKeseruat 79'minutes
  • 17Raspentino
  • 13Boudebouz
  • 19BaSubstituted forBarbatoat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Krasic
  • 8Maoulida
  • 11Keseru
  • 16Leca
  • 29Cioni
  • 33Barbato
  • 34Keita
Referee:
Sébastien Desiage
Attendance:
37,682

Match Stats

Home TeamLilleAway TeamBastia
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Lille 2, Bastia 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lille 2, Bastia 1.

Foul by Túlio De Melo (Lille).

Sébastien Squillaci (Bastia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Franck Beria (Lille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joseph Barbato (Bastia).

Attempt missed. Jonathan Delaplace (Lille) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Franck Beria following a corner.

Corner, Lille. Conceded by Julian Palmieri.

Substitution

Substitution, Lille. Túlio De Melo replaces Salomon Kalou.

Simon Kjaer (Lille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joseph Barbato (Bastia).

Attempt missed. Pape Souaré (Lille) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Delaplace with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Lille. Conceded by Fethi Harek.

Attempt saved. Nolan Roux (Lille) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ronny Rodelin.

Idrissa Gueye (Lille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Claudiu Keseru (Bastia).

Booking

Simon Kjaer (Lille) is shown the yellow card.

Marko Basa (Lille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fethi Harek (Bastia).

Foul by Rio Mavuba (Lille).

Ryad Boudebouz (Bastia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Ronny Rodelin (Lille) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Salomon Kalou.

Foul by Marko Basa (Lille).

Claudiu Keseru (Bastia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Pape Souaré (Lille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Claudiu Keseru (Bastia).

Substitution

Substitution, Lille. Jonathan Delaplace replaces Florent Balmont.

Substitution

Substitution, Bastia. Claudiu Keseru replaces Francois Modesto.

Attempt missed. Ronny Rodelin (Lille) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pape Souaré.

Offside, Lille. Nolan Roux tries a through ball, but Salomon Kalou is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Julien Sablé (Bastia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ludovic Genest (Bastia) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sébastien Squillaci with a headed pass.

Corner, Bastia. Conceded by Franck Beria.

Substitution

Substitution, Lille. Ronny Rodelin replaces Marvin Martin.

Foul by Franck Beria (Lille).

Joseph Barbato (Bastia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Lille. Pape Souaré tries a through ball, but Salomon Kalou is caught offside.

Foul by Rio Mavuba (Lille).

Francois Modesto (Bastia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Florian Raspentino (Bastia) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Francois Modesto.

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