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Lille knockout Wolfsburg in UEFA Champions League

Xinhua
09 Dec 2021, 12:18 GMT+10

BERLIN, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Lille booked its berth for the Champions League round of last 16 for the first time since 2006 after moving 3-1 past harmless "Wolves" in the last game of Group G on Wednesday.

Both sides staged a lively start into the encounter and traded attacks before Lille stunned the hosts with the opener in the 11th minute through Burak Yilmaz, who finished off a fast break from inside the box.

Wolfsburg needed two goals to progress and responded well but for all that Luca Waldschmidt's long-range attempt missed the target narrowly in the 12th minute.

The hosts were the more active team as Wout Weghorst headed a promising free kick into the arms of LOSC goalkeeper Ivo Grbic in the 28th minute before Reinildo Isnard Mandava cleared Maximilian Arnold's shot onto the open target on the goal line just before the break.

After the restart, Lille started brightly as Wolfsburg custodian Koen Casteels had to defuse Jonathan Ikone's presentable shot in the 53rd minute.

Yilmaz had the golden chance to wrap up his brace at the hour mark but for all that the Turkey international pulled wide.

Wolfsburg made things too complicated at the other end of the pitch whereas Lille stunned the visitors in the 72nd minute when joker Angel Gomes assisted Jonathan David, who had all time and space to beat Casteels from inside the box.

The visitors from France put the game to bed six minutes later when Gomes got his name on the scoreboards as well after processing Ikone's build-up work for the 3-0 advantage.

The hosts eventually scored their consolation in the dying minutes of the game when Renato Steffen benefitted on a turnover before drilling the ball left-footed into the top right corner.

Wolfsburg's goal came too late and wasn't enough as the "Wolves" needed a win to maintain its chances to stay in the competition.

With the result, Lille finished top the standings in Group G while Wolfsburg conclude the Champions League bottom of the group.

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