Champions League Lille overcama rocky start to reach thknock
Lille OSC are celebrating a landing in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League after a 3-1 win over VfL Wolfsburg on Wednesday, securing the top spot in Group G. Red Bull Salzburg, who beat Sevilla to secure it that the Spaniards have reached the UEFA Europa League, finished second in the group and will also advance to the round of 16.
Burak Yilmaz, Jonathan David and Angel Gomes took a toll at Volkswagen Arena as Jonathan Ikone scored twice in his final continental game against Les Dogues as the French champions completed an impressive second half of the round. board.
In the past three games, LOSC drew two and lost one to be eliminated entirely before a surprise 2-1 away win over Sevilla, followed by a 1-0 home win over Salzburg, paving the way for their convincing victory. success in Germany.
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Even a belated effort by Renato Steffen could not wipe away the shine from a memorable European night for Jocelyn Gourvennecs men as they sent. Die Wolfe pack. Sevilla, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to add to their UEL journey at home with Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan hosting the final of this edition.
We try to make history every time we play, David said after the game. Our strength is our collective. This was echoed by Ikone, who also declared after full-time: we didnt give up there was a real collective strength.
Lilles upcoming trip is not only about their ability to turn UCL results, but also about their form starting in November when an 8-match unbeaten streak in all competitions began. Lille has won five times in that span, with three of them in the top lane.
Les Dogues have also won at Stade Rennais during that time and although the draws against the likes of Angers SCO and FC Nantes arent exactly amazing, they stopped the rot and a point got at AS Monaco is also a respectable road when Le Championnat goes. .
With just three points between Lille in 11th and OGC Nice in fourth and with David, the Canadian, leading the scoring charts with 11 goals this season, it looks like good time. than can come close to the French champions.
There is still a difficult financial situation to navigate but with more favorable numbers than this time last year when Girondins de Bordeaux president Gerard Lopez forced a replacement. Things are on their way back to being more sustainable.
Whether Ikone is the only major departure this winter remains to be seen as Fiorentina are ready to include the Frenchman in a deal that would see newly formed club Paris Saint-Germain profit through a future transfer clause in his agreement. But names like Renato Sanches and Sven Botman are also wanted. Ikone alone may suffice for now due to financial difficulties moving up to the top of the table with PSG also representing France in the latter period.
As for Salzburg, they have made history as the first Austrian team to reach the knockout stages while Sevilla know they will prove very hard to beat down the Europa League, the competition they won. enemy six times.
For Wolfsburg, however, it is believed to be a much-needed return to focus on the Bundesliga and Europe and DFB Pokal has left this season and needs stability after Florian Kohfeldt replaced Mark Van Bommel full of storms. Group G kept things interesting until the end and delivered the drama we hoped for from a group that could see anyone advance into the final 90 minutes of the game.
Champions League: Lille overcame a rocky start to reach the knockout stages; Sevilla, Wolfsburg eliminated
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