On the half-hour mark he scored from the spot after Dimitri Payet was fouled in the box. Striker Mitroglou netted a third in the 35th minute, rising high to steer Jordan Amavi's cross in at the far post, and he scored his second three minutes later with a close-range volley to put his side 4-0 up at the break. Lille playmaker Yassine Benzia reduced the deficit by drilling a low left-foot shot into the net in the 54th minute, but winger Lucas Ocampos made it 5-1 with a powerful strike 14 minutes later. That result, coupled with Toulouse's 2-0 win at home over Angers, leaves struggling Lille second from bottom on 29 points, four points adrift of the safety zone.
Cela se resserre devant, un invité dans la course à l'Europe et une lutte pour le maintien toujours aussi acharnée ✊Le classement complet ?➡ https://t.co/en9y4SPkCI pic.twitter.com/qaIeL7Rsf8 — Ligue 1 Conforama (@Ligue1Conforama) April 21, 2018
Monaco were looking to put some daylight between themselves and the chasing pair of Marseille and Lyon, but any chance of that went out the window when Jemerson was given a straight red for stopping a shot with his hand. Jimmy Briand slotted home the resulting spot kick low to the goalkeeper's left, and 12 minutes later midfielder Etienne Didot executed a perfect strike to send a dipping volley flying into the bottom corner from just outside the area to make it 2-0. Marcus Thuram, son of former French World Cup-winning defender Lilian, made it three early in the second half, and though Monaco pulled a goal back through Almamy Toure's header from a free kick, they could not reduce the deficit further. Elsewhere, Amiens coasted to a 3-1 win over Strasbourg, while Caen defender Damien Da Silva's own goal was cancelled out by a Jessy Deminguet strike as they drew 1-1 with Metz.
Marseille scored five times for the second home game running as they hammered Lille 5-1 in Ligue 1.Next home game: Salzburg#UEL pic.twitter.com/HsFEC0ICEF — UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) April 21, 2018
RESULTS Marseille 5 (Thauvin 12, 30-P, Mitroglou 35, 38, Ocampos 68) Lille 1 (Benzia 54) Guingamp 3 (Briand 22-P, Didot 34, Thuram 47) Monaco 1 (Toure 63) Amiens 3 (Monconduit 45, Tusumgama 79, Kakuta 90+2) Strasbourg 1 (Saadi 90+4) Metz 1 (Silva 71-og) Caen 1 (Deminguet 73) Toulouse 2 (Sanogo 42, Gradel 60-P) Angers 0 SUNDAY'S MATCHES Nice v Montpellier, St-Etienne v Troyes and Bordeaux v PSG
Fight for Champions League spots in Ligue 1: 2. Monaco 70 pts (+35) 3. Lyon 69 pts (+39) 4. Marseille 69 pts (+31) On current form, I'd back Monaco to miss out.— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) April 21, 2018