LIGUE 1 - Lille claims 2nd win of season as they thrash Reims
Lille, the struggling Ligue 1 champions, overcame Reims 2-1 on Wednesday for their second win of the season, while Monaco beat Saint-Etienne to go back on track.
At the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Canada striker Jonathan David put the hosts ahead shortly after the half-hour mark, and midfielder Benjamin Andre doubled the lead before the interval with his first goal of the season.
Lille, who lost their title-winning coach Christophe Galtier to Nice at the end of the season, got through a tense last 15 minutes after Alexis Flips' penalty cut Reims' lead in half.
Despite rebounding back from consecutive losses to Lens and Lorient, the defending champions, now managed by Jocelyn Gourvennec, are still in 13th place in the league.
Monaco moved ahead of Lille on goal difference after defeating 10-man Saint-Etienne 3-1 in the league.