Lille and Lyon close gap on PSG in Ligue 1

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Yusuf Yazici impressed again with two goals as Lille beat strugglers Lorient 4-0 to be second in France's Ligue 1, just two points behind Paris Saint-Germain.

Turkey's attacking midfielder Yazici has caught the eye this season with back-to-back hat tricks away from home in the Europa League, and he took his tally to nine goals in nine games overall.

Fellow Lille forward Jonathan Bamba picked him out from the left side of the penalty area in the 28th minute and Yazici slid the ball under goalkeeper Paul Nardi.

Yazici grabbed his second of the night in the 50th after a good combination between Bamba and Canada forward Jonathan David.

Brazilian winger Luiz Araujo made it 3-0 six minutes later when he was set up by the impressive Yazici, and a fine night for Lille was capped off by David's first goal for the club in the 89th from Isaac Lihadji's pass.

The defeat left Lorient 18th.

Earlier on Sunday, Lyon extended their unbeaten run to eight games and moved into third place with a 1-0 win at Angers.

Striker Tino Kadewere continued his good form with Lyon's goal in the 77th minute.

Right back Leo Dubois got in behind the defence down the right and pulled the ball back to Kadewere, who chested it down and finished for his fourth goal of the season.

Fourth-placed Montpellier moved level on 20 points with Lyon after a thrilling 4-3 home win against second-bottom Strasbourg, with striker Andy Delort scoring two and creating the winner.

Montpellier led 2-0 inside 13 minutes through center half Pedro Mendes and Delort.

Strasbourg hit back with penalties from defender Kenny Lala and striker Habib Diallo, before Delort's header made it 3-2 with just 30 minutes played.

Ludovic Ajorque equalised again just before a thrilling first half ended.

Midway through the second half Delort's header set up strike partner Gaetan Laborde for a volley, and the lively Ajorque almost levelled the score near the end when his effort was saved.

In other matches, Nantes and Metz drew 1-1, Reims lost at home 1-0 to Nimes 1 while mid-table visitors Lens accouted for rock-bottom Dijon 1-0.