The intensity of Lille, the promises of Angel Gomes and the catastrophic match of Brooks: find our Tops and Flops at the end of the match between Lille and Wolfsburg (0-0).
Not favorites at kickoff, Lille immediately took the measure of this Champions League match. Well present in the duels, Gourvennec’s men suffocated their opponent from the start of the match and pushed them to make unusual technical errors. The André-Xeka pair also handled the German midfielder perfectly, who spent the better part of the game enduring. The rare German offensives went through the left side, where the Lille pressing was less dense.
The Botman-Fonte pair
Criticized at the start of the season, the Fonte-Botman pair responded when needed. Used to conceding at least one goal per game at the start of the championship, the two central impressed by their serenity in the duels and in the anticipation. The two colossi managed their clash with Weghorst perfectly, which could never be found in good conditions and which was illustrated by its technical inaccuracies.
Angel Gomes promises
Loan income this summer from Boavista, Angel Gomes signed a promising performance. For his first in the Champions League, the 21-year-old winger seemed uninhibited on the lawn of the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium. Present in the duel, technically fair and always with the desire to play forward, Gomes hinted at more than promising qualities. He even tried his luck from afar on several occasions (38th and 55th). A service sufficient to upset the Lille offensive hierarchy?
Yilmaz’s energy debauchery
Frustrating evening for Burak Yilmaz. In his particular style, the Turkish center-forward spent his match increasing the number of high-intensity races and harassing the Wolfsburg defense. He first got the better of Maxence Lacroix in the race, then he is the origin of the first of two yellow cards for Brooks. However, like his team, he narrowly missed in the last gesture as on his head at close range in the 70th. He can be the first frustrated of this European evening.
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Wolfsburg attack down
Highly anticipated offensively, Wolfsburg disappointed in this Champions League poster. The attacking quartet of the German formation crossed the part like a ghost. Highly anticipated, Weghorst got eaten by the Fonte-Botman pair and was never able to combine with his teammates. Nmecha was more to his advantage when his team was already reduced to 10. An evening to forget for the offensives of Wolfsburg.
Brooks off topic
The American center-back must have been pretty darn relieved at the final whistle. If Maxence Lacroix held his rank, Brooks, meanwhile, dragged his sentence throughout the match and suffered greatly in the face of the mobility of Lille. To initial his copy completely irrelevant, the central defender was guilty of a voluntary hand in midfield which earned him a second yellow (63rd). A lunar gesture that almost cost his teammates dearly.
This Tuesday evening, Lille achieved the almost perfect match for their return to the Champions League. However, he only missed the goals on the pitch at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Dominators in all areas of the game, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men narrowly missed the last move whether it was the pass or the shot (16 shots, 3 on target). An ineffectiveness which, combined with a bit of bad luck, leaves room for a frustrating draw for Lille.