On Sunday afternoon, Liverpool’s loanee striker Divock Origi ended his near five-month goal drought to inspire Lille to a much-needed 3-0 win over Stade Rennais. The 19-year-old Belgian striker would end his barren run in style, scoring not once, twice, but three times. It is his first ever senior hat-trick for the French club.
After what had been a very even first-half, Lille took the lead just seven minutes from half-time. Florent Balmont played in a high looping corner and young Benjamin Pavard got his head to it. Rennes couldn't clear and the ball fell to Origi. The Belgian jumped well and took the chance very well, showing great technique to smash how the volley.
In the second half, Rennes started well and had the best of the early play, but their chances of an equaliser were scuppered when Lille were rewarded a penalty in the 63rd minute. Sofiane Boufal looked set to shoot, but kicked his foot under pressure from Pedro Henrique. Clement Turpin pointed to the spot and from first view it did look like a penalty.
Origi picked up the ball, and although he was left to wait a long time to take the spot kick, he kept his nerve and blasted it down the middle with Benoit Costil going to his left.
That was the first time Origi had ever scored two goals in any league game, but the 19-year-old Belgian wasn't finish there.
Within 10 minutes he would have his and Lille's third. Nolan Roux worked a move well down the right, got himself wide and played in the low cross. Origi wasn't going to let this chance slip and using his pace, got in between the two Rennes centre-backs and knocked the ball past Costil with his out-stretched right-foot.
Just minutes later Coach René Girard would make the chance and bring Origi off for Abdoulaye Diaby and in complete contrast to the 2-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais, the Lille fans rose to their feet and gave the young striker a standing ovation.
It was well deserved. This is not to say that Origi’s performance was miles better than his previous outings, but the fans gave him the ovation he deserved. Booing the striker was always moronic move, but when fans think you are not giving your best, they are within their right to air their opinions.
Watching him walk off the pitch the unanimous applause will hopefully take the heat off the Liverpool striker for the rest of the season and he can continue to finish his Lille career with more goals.