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French Ligue 1

LOSC Lille Metropole 14th December 2013 - Kick off 19:00

Lille Lille vs Bastia Bastia

Kalou brace boosts Lille

Last Updated: 15/12/13 7:06pm

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Salomon Kalou scored twice for Lille

Salomon Kalou scored twice for Lille

A Salomon Kalou inspired Lille came from behind at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy to beat Bastia 2-1.

The former Chelsea striker's first-half brace proved enough to make it four wins out five for the hosts despite Ludovic Genest giving Frederic Hantz's side an early lead.

Three points helped solidify third spot for the 2011 Ligue 1 champions, opening up a nine-point gap on fourth-placed Bordeaux who inflicted Lille's first defeat in 12 league outings last week.

The visiting Corsicans almost made an ideal start when Ryad Boudebouz and Adama Ba combined but the latter's stinging effort was pushed away by Vincent Enyeama in the Lille goal.

However, that just proved to be a warning for the hosts and Bastia took an early lead in stunning fashion to shock the hosts. Ba saw his delivery headed clear but Genest controlled 25 yards out before firing a first-time volley-on-the-turn over a surprised Enyeama's head and into the top corner.

Lille tried to offer a quick reply but Kalou saw his header superbly saved by Mickael Landreau after Florent Balmont picked him out with a cross.

However, the Ivorian found the net after 17 minutes when he levelled in what was a blistering opening to the game.

Picked out in the right angle of the area by Nolan Roux, the former Chelsea man escaped the attentions of Sebastien Squillaci before sending the ball beyond Landreau with his left foot to delight of the Lille faithful.

Not content with his opening effort, though, Kalou doubled his tally just five minutes later to score his fifth of the season.

Marko Basa picked out Lille's number eight on the edge of the area and he took a touch before sending a left-footed drive beyond Landreau and into the top corner.

With half-time approaching, Kalou thought his afternoon had got even better when he latched onto Roux's near post header from Balmont's corner but his hat-trick was denied by the assistant's flag.

Both sides paused for some much needed breath at the break following a pulsating opening 45 minutes, but Bastia's chances of a comeback were dented when influential keeper Landreau had to be replaced by Jean-Louise Leca.

Lille continued to press for a third in the second-half and Franck Beria's cross almost caught out Leca as it bent towards the top corner but the substitute keeper was alert to deny the full-back.

Despite offering little in a terms of a response, Bastia almost pulled themselves back into the tie when Genest came close to his second with a first-time shot inside the area but Antonio Mavuba countered to prevent the leveller.

Not for the first time in the game, Kalou thought he'd sealed his hat-trick in the 76th minute but, after he converted Roux's delivery, the assistant rightly raised his flag to deny the Ivorian.

Substitute Ronny Rodelin almost wrapped things late on with two efforts, but in the end that proved insignificant and Lille claimed all three points.

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 27 54
2 Paris St Germain 27 53
3 Marseille 27 50
4 Monaco 26 44
5 St Etienne 27 43
6 Montpellier 26 42
7 Bordeaux 27 42
8 Nantes 27 36
9 Lille 27 35
10 Rennes 27 35
11 Guingamp 27 35
12 Caen 27 34
13 Nice 27 34
14 Bastia 27 33
15 Reims 27 32
16 Lorient 26 31
17 Evian Thonon Gaillar 26 29
18 Toulouse 27 29
19 RC Lens 27 22
20 Metz 27 22