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Lille wheel out three keepers in 3-0 defeat at Strasbourg

Marcelo Bielsa was forced into three first-half substitutions then had striker De Preville and defender Amadou in goal after Maignan saw red.

Lille wheel out three keepers in 3-0 defeat at Strasbourg

Lille manager Marcelo Bielsa oversaw a bizarre 3-0 defeat away at newly-promoted Strasbourg on Sunday as he lost two players to injury in the first half and ended up with a striker and a defender in goal in the second.

On a miserable day for Bielsa and his side, Lille lost Brazilian recruit Thiago Mendes and full-back Kevin Malcuit in the first 18 minutes at the Stade de la Meinau.

The enigmatic Argentine coach then opted to make another substitution before the interval, so when goalkeeper Mike Maignan was shown a straight red card just after the hour mark for stupidly throwing the ball at Benjamin Corgnet, Lille were in trouble.

Unable to send on substitute goalkeeper Herve Koffi, Lille were instead forced to hand the gloves to striker Nicolas De Preville.

Nicolas De Preville takes over in goal at The Meinau Stadium.
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Nicolas De Preville takes over in goal at The Meinau Stadium.PATRICK HERTZOGAFP

He promptly denied Idriss Saadi when the Strasbourg player found himself clean through, but the home side had been on top throughout and they got the breakthrough they deserved in the 74th minute.

Dimitri Lienard delivered a corner and Jonas Martin beat De Preville with a cushioned finish at the near post.

De Preville had had enough of his stint in goal and he opted to give the gloves to captain Ibrahim Amadou for the closing stages and return to his usual habitat in search of an equaliser.

Amadou: "I'd never gone in goal. You just have to get on with it"

Ibrahim Amadou concedes from the spot.
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Ibrahim Amadou concedes from the spot.PATRICK HERTZOGAFP

But the Cameroonian defender was beaten twice in the last 10 minutes, first from a Lienard penalty that followed a foul by Edgar Ie, and then from Jeremy Grimm's long-range strike as Strasbourg won a top-flight game for the first time in more than nine years.

"We made too many mistakes today and we paid dearly for them," Amadou told beIN Sports after the game. "It was the first time I'd ever gone in goal. It is not my position but you just have to get on with it."


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