Lille beats Toulouse 2-1 in French league

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PARIS (AP) -- Defending champion Lille beat Toulouse 2-1 Sunday to get back into the French league title race by pulling within four points of leader Montpellier and Paris Saint-Germain.

Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard converted a penalty kick in the 12th minute after Toulouse defender Daniel Congre fouled him.

Hazard has now scored five goals in his last five matches -- and 14 goals this season.

Lille forward Dimitri Payet doubled the lead by taking a pass from Hazard to score from close range in the 31st.

Toulouse fullback Serge Aurier pulled one back by diverting home a shot from Adrien Regattin in the 60th.

Meanwhile, Caen dropped into the relegation zone after splitting the points with Ajaccio in a goalless.

Lyon played Rennes later Sunday.