Lille still have everything to do at the break

It’s half-time at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium after this cold shower after additional time. This first half changes almost nothing: Lille must still score twice (without taking any) to believe in a qualification.

AIE Aie Aie…

Equalizer for Chelsea!

On their first chance, the Blues equalized with a superb strike from Pulisic. The crossfire from the American, launched by Jorginho in an overly passive Lille defense, totally deceived Jardim. 1-1…

three more minutes

LOSC still have three minutes to take advantage of the euphoria of the goal scored and try to pack the game even more before the break.

The wall is pushing back!

Lille send Marcos Alonso’s cross directly to a corner … which does not benefit Chelsea either.

Gudmundsson’s bad mistake…

The left winger of LOSC lost the ball a little stupidly, returning to his goal, on a pressing from Havertz. He immediately fouls the German … and offers an eccentric free kick to the Blues.




THE REFEREE WHISTLES IN FAVOR OF LILLE! The 1-0 ball for LOSC is there… Yilmaz places himself to take the penalty.

Offset free kick for Lille

Mendy imposes himself in the air to clear the ball, for the first time. The ball remains near the penalty area, is put back in the heap … and Lille claim a penalty for a handball from Jorginho. The referee stops the game and goes to consult the images.

Yellow vs. Chalobah

On his first defensive action, Chalobah is overtaken by the speed and vivacity of Jonathan David. He holds the striker at the edge of the penalty area… and receives a yellow card.

Entrance to Chalobah

The defender loaned last season to FC Lorient makes his appearance for this round of 16 of C1 return.

Christensen injured

The Chelsea defender seems to have been hit on Djalo’s action… and is heading for an exit from the field. Chalobah should take his place.

Djalo goes back

All alone on his left flank, the LOSC defense goes up the field, carries the ball, lets the ball slip away, gets hurt… and gets a free kick for his team on the halfway line.

Well, so far…

Lille is not eliminated, clearly, but the qualification is still very distant. Since the first 10 minutes, LOSC has not shot on goal. Neither did Chelsea. It is a 0-0 which does not suffer from any dispute.

Kovacic in power

The Chelsea midfielder hurt Lille very badly in this first half, hitting the ball hard at the foot. It is not far from benefiting Havertz at the end of the action, but the German does not have time to strike.

David and Yilmaz against

David recovers the ball from Jorginho’s feet, at the entrance to his penalty area, and brings the ball back up to the opposing area… to see Yilmaz’ cross escape in front of him.

Chelsea have the ball

Even if the Blues seem to be in difficulty so far in this beginning of the match and have not been able to shoot on goal, they manage to keep the ball a little more often (40-60) and to lower the intensity of the match .

Lille perfectly in its match

Thomas Tuchel’s players have been quite passive so far and are struggling to worry the Lille block. Even after making the difference, Pulisic can’t find anyone in the middle… and Chelsea are forced to foul to avoid Yilmaz’s counterattack.

Yilmaz in force!

The Turk’s shot goes high above the wall… and then falls a little too late. The frame slips away, Mendy will be able to revive the Blues.

Free kick obtained by David

Full axis, on a service from Xeka, David puts his body in opposition to protect the ball. Christensen makes a gross mistake … and offers an excellent free kick to LOSC.

Yilmaz’s strike!

There is room for Lille at the start of the game. With a high recovery, the Reds can quickly project themselves towards Mendy’s goal. At twenty meters, Yilmaz takes the time to place his body before shooting… on Thiago Silva, well placed to counter with a header.

Yilmaz on the ground

The Turkish striker is complaining about his ankle after a sole from Azpilicueta that dragged on his foot. The referee says nothing, it will be a throw-in for LOSC.

First Lille corner

Gudmundsson forgets the ball a little after being thrown by Yilmaz. The corner unfortunately does not benefit Lille, while the public responds present and pushes its players.

Let’s go for LOSC!

Jocelyn Gourvennec’s Lille have 90 minutes to recover the 2 goals scored by the defending champion of this Champions League, in the first leg. Real Madrid managed to do that against PSG in just 45 minutes. Can LOSC in turn experience a crazy evening in front of its audience?

Entrance of the players!

It’s time for the Champions League anthem at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium. For the last time of the season or not?

The warm-up ends in Pierre-Mauroy

As the Lille and Londoners finish their warm-up, the atmosphere begins to rise in the LOSC stadium. Kick-off of this Lille-Chelsea so important for the UEFA coefficient of France in ten minutes.

Summary of the first leg

On the lawn of Chelsea, three weeks ago, the Lille had struggled to be dangerous and were punished twice. But at home, this season, LOSC has not yet conceded a single goal… It will only be necessary to manage to score to scare the Blues.

Cygan: “Give it all, now”

On RMC Sport, former LOSC defender Pascal Cygan, who took part in Lille’s European campaigns in the early 2000s, wants to believe in the attacking momentum to make a move: “We have nothing to lose. We need everything give, attack and hope to score first. It would put the whole stadium behind the team. Imagine, we are in the 80th… we finally score a goal. We only have 10 minutes left to score a goal. will that be enough? I think you have to give your all right away, reward the public, and have no regrets.”

The Blues facing sanctions

In a strange context following the sanctions deployed against the Russian oligarchs and the latest revelations about Roman Abramovich, Chelsea had to manage to circumvent the sanctions and the financial difficulties. Even if the players seem to want to stand up for their club, in particular to finance the travel of the team.

Gourvennec: “You need a touch of madness”

Jocelyn Gourvennec, coach of Losc, at the microphone of RMC Sport 1.

“It can be a great night. We’re going to have to play the match intelligently. We’ll have to be both pragmatic, good defensively and manage to put a touch of madness into this match. It’s a bit like this. that we missed him on the first leg. A touch of madness to change the match for us. If the match becomes irrational, we have our chances”.

“Of course it’s in people’s minds. You have to be very determined, very diligent and you have to be able to pack the game. We’ll have the public with us. Opposite, there’s a very strong team. It’s up to us to make it clear that the match may not smell good for them. That’s what we have to be able to do. It takes a lot of mental commitment and play.”

“We are going to work to make a strong match from the start. A match where we have to impose our tempo on them, a lot of commitment. It’s the Champions League, there is a crazy intensity. We have to “we manage to score. All set-piece situations will be goal-scoring opportunities. You have to keep that in mind”.

“It still stings us, but there is a form of logic (that Chelsea are ultra-favorites for qualification, editor’s note). Chelsea are European champions, world champions. But when we doubt you, it’s in these moments that we go for the maximum, that we push the limits. Losc have a lot of resilience, the ability to hurt themselves.

Ben Arfa on and Lukaku on the bench, Yilmaz starts

The composition of Lille:

Jardim – Celik, Fonte, Botman, Djalo – Bamba, André, Xeka, Gudmundsson – David, Yilmaz


Grbic, Raux, Ben Arfa, Lihadji, Gomes, Weah, Zhegrova, Onana, Bradaric

Chelsea roster:

E. Mendy – Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rüdiger – Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Kanté, Jorginho, Marcos Alonso – Havertz, Pulisic


Arrizabalaga, Bettinelli, Chalobah, M.Sarr, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Vale, Ziyecch, Werner, Lukaku

Létang after EU sanctions against Abramovich: “We didn’t ask for anything”

Olivier Létang, president of Losc, at the microphone of RMC Sport 1.

“We didn’t ask for anything (regarding a possible cancellation of the meeting due to the sanctions imposed by the European Union against Roman Abramovich, editor’s note). We simply asked to be given a position, whether the match was going to take place or not. The idea is to take part in this celebration, for the match to take place and for there to be sport. There have been exchanges between the European Union, the French government and UEFA. We got answers that were identical.

“I spoke with a number of players I know well at Chelsea, in relation to the situation and the leaders. They are suffering from this situation”.

Létang: “We have to transcend ourselves”

Olivier Létang, president of Losc, at the microphone of RMC Sport 1.

“Pressure? No. It’s a big event, the stadium is full. It’s a great opportunity. Everyone thinks that Chelsea’s qualification is already achieved after the first leg. We are playing the European champions , world champion, who remains on five consecutive victories in the Premier League, we scored a goal in the group stage here… But I want, as president, that our team make a team match. “We see a big team, with great solidarity. (…) There will be a lot of passion, expectation, enthusiasm. It will take a lot of heart, a great Lille team, but also a little madness (…) We will have to transcend ourselves individually, but also collectively”.

Gourvennec’s advice to his players to beat Chelsea

Jocelyn Gourvennec believes in the exploit. “We will have to be more precise to finish, to enter more into their surface. We had a consistent match but we lack a bit of madness to finish better. I think we managed to put some madness into the matches, but not every weekend. We played so many matches that it was difficult to do it all the time. We are given less than a 10% chance of qualifying. In this situation, LOSC always responds. We built our European campaign by playing everything at 300%. The Champions League is an extraordinary competition”, he hammered this week at a press conference.

Renato Sanches package

Released injured in the 24th minute against Saint-Étienne on Friday, Renato Sanches suffered from a lesion of the biceps femoris muscle in his left thigh. The Portuguese and package for the knockout round of the Champions League against Chelsea.

The reasons to believe in the qualification of the Mastiffs

Beaten at Chelsea in the first leg (0-2), Lille face a huge challenge against the reigning European champion. If the Blues are superior on paper, there are grounds for hope for Losc.

>> We detail everything here

Good morning all !

Dominated 2-0 in the first leg in England, Lille must sublimate this Wednesday against Chelsea in the knockout stages of the Champions League, to hope to reach the next round. A match to follow live on RMC Sport and here live commented. Kick off at 9 p.m.