Chelsea 2-1 Lille
Cesar Azpilicueta and Tammy Abraham were on target to help Frank Lampard’s side reach the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
The Blues began well and were once in a while beset by a Lille side much-transformed from their latest alliance excursion. After Emerson Palmieri and N’Golo Kante were defeated at an opportune time, Abraham got against the French side for the second time this season when he handed the ball over from Willian’s reduction.
When commander Cesar Azpilicueta headed in our second 15 minutes after the fact, our advancement looked secure until Loic Remy split the lead with a keen completion to guarantee a nail-gnawing last 12 minutes. Be that as it may, there was to be no late dramatization at the Bridge this time as we held solid to guarantee a runner up finish.
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Toni Rudiger came back to the Chelsea side just because of September as one of three changes from our end of the week rout at Everton. Italian couple Emerson and Jorginho were the others to return into the group, with Andreas Christensen, Reece James, and Mason Mount dropping to the seat.
Lille rolled out a few improvements from their last Ligue 1 installation, with previous Blue Remy driving the line in advance.
On a dismal night in west London, the breeze twirled and the downpour pounded down to make playing conditions fairly hard for the two sides. Be that as it may, it was a commonly splendid beginning from the Blues at home as they assumed the test of guaranteeing the three points that would verify their place in the last-16.
Christian Pulisic had the principal exertion at goal following 10 minutes however the American’s left-footed strike was hauled over the substance of goal and wide after amazing hold-up play from Abraham. Emerson at that point constrained a spare from visiting goalkeeper Mike Maignan with a stinging shot from the edge of the crate as the Blues appreciated all the early belonging and risk.
Lampard has every now and again reprimanded his side for not changing over possibilities when in charge of games and the manager was moaning about another spurned open door when N’Golo Kante had two opportunities to test Maignan soon after the quarter-hour mark. Initially, the Frenchman’s endeavor was hindered on the edge of the container before he hit the bounce back with a first-time volley that moved simply wide.
In any case, disappointment before long went to festivity as the hosts broke the halt inside 20 minutes with a fine assaulting move. Pulisic affected the threat by driving at the core of the French resistance before slipping a pass wide to the progressing Willian on the right.
Using that hazardous divert of pace from a standing beginning, the Brazilian avoided past left-back Jeremy Pied and cut the ball back for Abraham to divert in from short proximity. It was the striker’s thirteenth goal of the period in all rivalries, his second in the Champions League, and gave the Blues a consoling pad at an opportune time.
Lille’s pivoted side attempted to get moving against a Chelsea back-line that has been addressed as of late. However, our safeguards were working more in the resistance half than their very own and Emerson brought another spare from Maignan in the wake of cutting infield from the left and terminating into the manager’s waist.
It was the full-backs who joined to twofold our favorable position before the break as Emerson turned supplier with a corner swung in from the privilege and Azpilicueta got away plain to plant a header into the rear of the net from a couple of yards out. Any waiting questions disseminated with that agreeable lead set up.
Christophe Galtier’s side had just been affirmed as completing fourth in the gathering, consequently limiting any expectations of Europa League capability, and they neglected to summon a shot on focus at Kepa’s goal in the principal half. Luiz Araujo went nearest with a shot hauled wide minutes before the interim.
The Blues turned out quick for the beginning of the subsequent half, the expectation on a mesh the third goal that would end the challenge and guarantee their advancement to the knockout round. Just a nimble twofold spare from Maignan forestalled the scoreline being reached out as the Frenchman denied Pulisic then Willian one after another.
Our number 10 stung the oily palms of Maignan without further ado a short time later with a plunging free-kick that the guardian accumulated at the subsequent endeavor and Lille were gradually ready to set up a little solid footing in the challenge just because, regardless of whether the odds kept on succumbing to the young men dressed in blue.
The goalscorers joined pleasantly to form a sight at goal just before the hour mark, with Abraham utilizing his solidarity to hold off the protector before teeing up his captain yet the Spaniard’s strike was run after courageously in the 18-yard box.
Lille were managed a blow when their goalkeeper must be substituted for the last 20 minutes, however, substitution shot-plug Leo Cesar proceeded with his antecedent’s goal guarding by keeping out a tolerable exertion from Mateo Kovacic not long after his presentation.
The guests guaranteed a cheeky finale by scoring before long, Remy terminating past Kepa by means of the underside of the crossbar after substitute Jonathan Bamba had gotten away down the left and gave an intriguing help.
Regardless of profiting by a short resurgence, set apart by a savage shot barely wide from Yusuf Yazici, the guests neglected to give an over the top panic to Lampard’s side. Michy Batshuayi could have ensured the gathering focuses yet blasted simply over after Willian’s conveyance and Azpilicueta’s knockdown, while five minutes of included time guaranteed a regularly cheeky sit tight to the end for the home supporters.