Lille sign off with Chelsea defeat
LOSC ended their UEFA Champions League sojourn with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea in London on Tuesday.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
UEFA Champions League Group H
Chelsea 2 - 1 LOSC
Lille's elimination from Europe had already been confirmed before this game at Stamford Bridge, despite Christophe Galtier's side often performing admirably in a difficult group. With their priorities now lying domestically, the coach opted to leave several key players on the bench here - Victor Osmihen, José Fonte, Jonathan Ikoné and Jonathan Bamba all started the game as substitutes, and of that quartet only the latter made an appearance.
Chelsea needed to win to secure qualification for the last 16, and Frank Lampard's side smelled blood. They went ahead on 19 minutes when Willian cut the ball back from the right byline for Tammy Abraham to convert at the end of a fine move also involving N'Golo Kanté and Christian Pulisic.
As the rain hammered down, the home side doubled their lead before the break when captain César Azpilicueta escaped his marker to head home at the near post following a corner delivered from the right (35').
Lille, with just one point in this campaign, were heading for another defeat, and their problems deepened when goalkeeper Mike Maignan had to come off injured in the 72nd minute, with Léo Jardim coming on in his place.
However, their travelling fans were given something to cheer as LOSC pulled a goal back 12 minutes from time when Bamba's cutback was swept into the net off the underside of the bar by Loïc Rémy. It was a mere consolation, though, as Lille bow out while Chelsea go through alongside Valencia, who won 1-0 at Ajax on Tuesday.
THE PLAYER: Loïc Rémy
Preferred in attack to main marksman Osimhen, Rémy got among the goals against his former club, with whom he won a Premier League title in 2015.
THE STAT: 17
Lille bow out of Europe within a win in this campaign, and in fact they have now gone a remarkable 17 consecutive European matches without a win, drawing seven and losing 10 of those matches.