WATCH: CanMNT star Jonathan David scores brace as Lille cruise to Ligue 1 opening win
TORONTO – Canadian men's national team star striker Jonathan David kicked off his 2022-23 Ligue 1 season in fine fashion, scoring a brace and assisting on the first goal as Lille OSC defeated A.J. Auxerre 4-1 on Sunday to open their latest campaign.
The 22-year-old Canadian striker put on a vintage display of attacking accumen, beginning with a flurry of productive finishes in just the first four minutes of the match.
David's first contribution came in the form of a perfectly-placed back-heel pass to set up Benjamin Andre from Lille's opening goal, just 35 seconds into the match.
And here's the first goal for #LOSC midfielder Benjamin Andre, assisted by a FANTASTIC back-heel by #CanMNT star Jonathan David to open the scoring 😎#Ligue1 | 🔴 https://t.co/7JFAUhgjL6 pic.twitter.com/LhwFpfA8QW— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) August 7, 2022
It wouldn't take long for David to get on the scoresheet himself, though, with Ottawa's favourite son applying a dramatic left-foot curling shot just a couple minutes later.
GOAL 🇨🇦— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) August 7, 2022
Well that was quick! 👀
We are 3 MINUTES IN and #CanMNT striker Jonathan David makes it... 2-0 (!!) for #LOSC vs. Auxerre with this peach of a finish! 🔥#Ligue1 | 🔴 https://t.co/7JFAUhgjL6 pic.twitter.com/wTN2xwTvyv
David wouldn't be content with just the one goal, though, applying his signature "Ice-man" cool on the tap-in finish for his second of the match, scoring just before half-time to help secure the result for Les Dogues.
GOAL 🇨🇦🇨🇦— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) August 7, 2022
Jonathan David applies his "Ice-man" cool to score AGAIN and give #LOSC a 3-0 lead over Auxerre! 🥶#Ligue1 | 🔴 https://t.co/7JFAUhgjL6 pic.twitter.com/8z23nGhyZG
Linked with a move to the likes of Arsenal, Internazionale and Manchester United in the summer transfer window, David's decision to stay at Lille OSC this season could prove wise, as new head coach Paulo Fonseca brings a new tactical look to the team.
With one eye torward Canada's first appearance at the FIFA World Cup in nearly four decades, David will hope he can maintain his hungry goal-scoring form heading into Qatar 2022 as well.