Match Report: Valencia 4-1 Lille

By William Bussey

Valencia kept their qualification hopes alive for the knockout stages with three goals in the last eight minutes. 

These sides met two weeks ago and played out a 1-1 draw. Lille gave the Spanish side an early scare when Victor Osimhen raced through on goal and gave his side the lead.  

Lille dominated most of the first half. Yusuf Yazici had his sides first effort on target but Jasper Cillessen stopped the shot. Loic Remy also forced Cillessen into a good save after the opener. 

Valencia had their chances with Gabriel Paulista floated header cleared off the line in the 31st minute. 

Just before half-time, Rodrigo forced Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan into two good saves. A low ball was whipped into the front post, Rodrigo got there but Maignan saved well.  

Minutes later Rodrigo volleyed towards goal from close range, only for Maignan to deny him again. 

Lille started brightly in the second half when Osimhen got the better of Daniel Wass down the right hand-side, he cut it back to Yazici who put his effort straight at Cillessen.  

In the 64th minute, Valencia was awarded a controversial penalty after a handball. Daniel Parejo stepped up and chipped his effort down the middle to grab his first goal of the Champions League. 

Valencia finally took the lead on the 82nd minute after an Adama Soumaoro own goal. Joes Gaya raced down the wing put a low cross in, which the defender could only turn it into his own net. 

Jefferey Kondogbia scored a 35-yard screamer with five minutes left. Maignan could do nothing about it.  

Valencia wasn’t done though, first half substitute Ferran Torres thumped an effort into the top corner in the 90th minute to seal a convincing victory. 

Sub-edited by Tom Kelly

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