Apr 27, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Stade Lille-Metropole
Lille
2-1
Bordeaux
Kalou (24'), Mendes (68')
Souare (49'), Basa (83')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Jussie (70' pen.)
Diabate (34')

Result: Lille beat Bordeaux to close in on Champions League spot

Result: Lille close in on Champions League spot
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Lille hold out for a 2-1 win over Bordeaux to edge ever closer to securing the final Champions League qualifying spot in Ligue 1.

Lille have edged ever closer to securing the final Champions League qualifying spot courtesy of a 2-1 win over Bordeaux this evening.

The hosts were the first to threaten when Divock Origi picked up the ball on the right side of the box, but his subsequent low shot was saved by the keeper.

Bordeaux responded with an opening of their own moments later as Diego Rolan rose highest inside the box, but his header was too high to trouble Victor Enyeama in the Lille goal.

The hosts took the lead midway through the first half when Florent Balmont picked out Salomon Kalou with a cross, and the former Chelsea winger tucked his header into the top corner to break the deadlock.

Lille came close to doubling their advantage shortly before the half-hour mark as Idrissa Gueye let fly from 25 yards, but his effort fizzed narrowly wide.

Kalou tested the keeper again shortly afterwards before Ryan Mendes drew another good stop from Cedric Carrasso with a good strike from 30 yards.

Kalou came within inches of doubling his personal tally for the night just after the hour mark when he struck the post with an effort from just outside the area.

The visitors had a rare shot on target in the 65th minute when Cheick Diabate let fly from 25 yards, but Enyeama got down well to make the save.

It was 2-0 just three minutes later as Mendes converted from a couple of yards out to double his side's lead and put them well on the way to gaining all three points.

However, they were pegged back in the 71st minute as Jussie fired a penalty into the bottom corner having been fouled by Simon Kjaer inside the box.

Lille set about looking to restore their two-goal advantage and almost managed it when Marko Basa met a cross just outside the six-yard box, but he couldn't keep his header down.

They had a glorious chance to make it 3-1 in the dying stages when they were awarded a penalty, but Kalou saw his spot kick saved as the hosts were forced to settle for a 2-1 win that takes them seven points clear of fourth.

Bordeaux's Malian forward Cheick Diabate (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between FC Girondins de Bordeaux and EA Guinguamp, on April 20, 2014
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