Published on : 25/02/2021 – 20:50Modified : 25/02/2021 – 21:13
Dominators throughout the meeting, the Lille were still defeated 2 to 1 on the lawn of Ajax Amsterdam in the round of 16 second leg of the Europa League. They had already been defeated by the same score in the first leg.
Lille played but Lille lost. On the lawn of Ajax Amsterdam, the Mastiffs made the game but were punished by the realism of the Dutch who won 2 to 1 the two rounds of 16e Europa League final.
Lilloises, Lillois, you can be proud of your team.
Until the end, our Mastiffs gave their all. Unfortunately, the opposing realism (and questionable decisions) cost the qualification to our players.#AJAXLOSC #UEL 2-1 | ⏱ 90’+5 pic.twitter.com/edzmUZDRdA
– LOSC (@losclive) February 25, 2021
“Have no regrets”. This was the instructions of the Lille coach Christophe Galthier to his men when moving to the Johan Cruyff Arena after a bitter first leg: a 2-1 defeat. Le Losc seems to have heard his coach by entering perfectly into the game. Timothy Weah takes the Ajacid defense quickly and tries to slip the ball to Ikoné at the far post. Stekelenburg pushes back. Xeka tries his luck 20 meters away. Martinez pushes back in extremis (4e).
On the first corner of the meeting, Yazici finds Botman who deceives the defense of his training club and slowly takes back the right. The ball goes out of goal (12e).
Ajax are patiently biding their time. On a free kick well placed to the left, Tadic first feigns then plays. The Lille defense is stopped and Klaasen emerges from a diving header six meters to deceive Maignan for a goal full of vice (15th, 1-0).
The situation already seems desperate for Losc but he refuses to give up. Timothy Weah rolls up a shot that misses the target very shortly after a lightning counterattack (18th). The Ajax goalkeeper was beaten.
At bay, the Mastiffs continue to show their teeth after returning from the locker room. Renato Sanchez, the Lille metronome of the evening, gives a splendid overture for Bamba. The former Stéphanois temporizes and tries a strike. It’s too soft to worry Stekelenburg (48th).
A few minutes later, Renato Sanches, again, unleashes a powerful strike. The ball grazes the left post ajacid.
End of Lille’s European adventure
Le Losc regained hope when, at the 75e minute, the referee of the meeting finally whistles a penalty for the Mastiffs after several contentious situations. Yazici transforms the penalty by pulling hard under the bar and scores his seventh goal of the competition (75e, 1-1).
Lille starts a few minutes of madness and seems to be ready to finally reverse the game. Until Neres showered their hopes with a small head after a handover from the incoming Brobbey on a cross from Tadic (89e, 2-1).
“Not to have any regrets”, said Christophe Galthier. He will still be able to feed them as the Lille have held high at the Ajacides during this match.
Despite everything, the European adventure ends there. The only consolation is that Ligue 1 is now reaching out to them.