Comeback at Auxerre keeps Lille undefeated
Lille came from behind to continue their unbeaten run in Ligue 1 with a 3-1 away win over Auxerre.
Auxerre's run of eight games without a loss ended at the Stade l'Abbe-Deschamps as Lille moved fourth in the league thanks to second-half goals by Dimitri Payet, Ireneusz Jelen and Mathieu Debuchy's 90th-minute penalty.
Dennis Oliech had put Auxerre in front 10 minutes before the break after a good counter attacking move from Cedric Hengbart whose long ball forced Mickael Landreau to come out of his area to make the clearance.
It appeared like there had been a handball in the build-up but the referee played advantage, allowing Oliech to receive the ball before sending it to the back of the net.
Lille made two tactical changes five minutes after the break when they brought on Eden Hazard and Jelen as they went in search of a goal.
The substitutes combined well three minutes later when Hazard attacked down the left and delivered a good cross to Jelen, but the striker failed to control the ball and did not trouble Auxerre keeper Olivier Sorin.
Jelen and Hazard were both involved in the build-up of Payet's 68th-minute equaliser. Hazard made an inch perfect pass to Payet who sent his shot past Sorin to level the score.
Lille then went in front in the 80th minute after Joe Cole's shot was parried by Sorin, only for it to fall into the path of Jelen who pounced on the rebound and scored.
Debuchy sealed the win with a 90th-minute penalty which was awarded after Alain Traore brought down Florent Balmont in the area.