Champions League Lille snatches draw against Valence but is almost eliminated
Lille after the equalizing goal of Jonathan Ikoné (c) at the end of the match against Valence, October 23, 2019 at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium (FRANCOIS LO PRESTI)
Dominator, Lille, snatched the tie in added time against Valence thanks to Jonathan Ikoné (1-1) but found himself almost eliminated from the Champions League on the third day.
The Northerners ran more than their opponents, had the ball (55%), made a trifle of 25 shots against only 6 to the Valencians ... but they did not manage to win.
With a point on the clock halfway through, it would now take a miracle for the Mastiffs to qualify for the 8th finals of the competition. But third place, which makes it possible to be transferred to the 16th finals of the Europa League, remains accessible, subject to making a good result in Valencia (4 points) in two weeks.
Under pressure after Chelsea's unexpected victory over Ajax Amsterdam (1-0) earlier today, Valencia, who finished ten after Mouctar Diakhaby's 84th-minute exclusion, made a very lackluster performance and did not deserve to prevail.
Christophe Galtier, Lille coach, had attempted a bet by aligning a central defense for three for the first time. And he almost paid when his players stayed on two poor performances.
Shaken by their coach in the words of the midfielder Benjamin André after the disturbing setback in Toulouse on Saturday, the Lille players displayed from the outset a determination at all times and impose a dry-cleaning that hampered the Spaniards.
With 12 shots at half-time, the Losc clearly dominates the debates against a wait-and-see Valencia team. The Spanish coach also made a tactical change at the break, replacing Kondogbia with Carlos Soler, a more offensive player.
Lille continues its domination at the resumption, to the image of André, in all the good shots: he first places a little header near corner (49th), then crushes an attempt on a center behind Celik (60th) , before coming up against Cilessen on a nice pivot hit, which he then passes to Rémy who shoots close to the ideal position (74th).
Ikoné also tries his luck soon after entering the game hour: he shoots a 25-meter missile that Cilessen repels as best he can (67th). The international finally snatched a deserved equalizer at the last minute with a powerful strike under the bar (1-1, 90th 5).
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