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Canada's Jonathan David scores milestone goal as Lille moves 4 points ahead of PSG

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PARIS — Canadian international Jonathan David scored a milestone goal Friday as French league leader Lille won 3-0 at Lens to move four points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain.

It was David's 12th goal of the season, moving him out of a tie with Tomasz Radzinski for the most goals by a Canadian in a top men's league in Europe.

Radzinski scored his 11 for England's Everton in the 2002-03 season.

David, a 21-year-old from Ottawa, made it 3-0 with a sharp finish on the hour mark. Lens goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca could not control the rebound of a Jonathan Bamba shot and the ball went to David who controlled it and then pivoted, firing a hard left-footed shot over Leca.

PSG must beat Rennes on Sunday to stay within one point of Lille. But even if defending champion PSG wins at Rennes, which is chasing fifth place and a Europa League spot, Lille can seal a first title in 10 years by winning the last two games.

Burak Yilmaz scored an early penalty and added a superb long strike for Lille, taking his total to 15 league goals since joining from Istanbul side Besiktas last summer.

He struck with a penalty in the fourth minute and spun outside the penalty area to clip a brilliant dipping shot into the top corner in the 40th, moments after Lens midfielder Clement Michelin was sent off for a second yellow card.

Lens dropped to sixth place to trail fifth-placed Marseille on goal difference, and is only two points ahead of seventh-placed Rennes, having played one game more than both sides.

Marseille is at Saint-Etienne on Sunday.

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With files from The Associated Press

The Canadian Press

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