Sanches stars as third-place Lille beats Montpellier 2-1

Renato Sanches gave home fans a sign of things to come with a fine winning goal, as Lille strengthened its grip on third place in the French league by beating Montpellier 2-1 on Friday.

Lille moved three points behind second-placed Marseille, which looks for a seventh straight win when it travels to Metz on Saturday.

Sanches latched onto a superb flick from lively forward Jonathan Ikoné, accelerated down the left and cut outside a defender before thumping a low shot into the bottom corner in the 84th minute.

It was the kind of goal Lille hoped for when spending 20 million euros ($22.2 million) during the offseason to sign the 22-year-old Portugal international from Read more…

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