Winner of the first leg (2-1), the Mastiffs tied in extra time (1-1) to eliminate the Croats from
Rijeka and reach the C4 group stage.
At the end of the suspense, the Lille players got what they came for in Croatia. After winning the first leg 2-1, the Mastiffs snatched a draw from Rijeka (1-1) on Thursday and qualified for the group stage of the C4 league. It was the Canadian international who delivered Lille during extra time, at the end of a game in which his side struggled terribly.
Lille woke up from the start on a huge Croatian opportunity, and Lille relied on a decisive save by Lucas Chevalier in front of a shot in the first line by midfielder Velden Hodza, followed by the center of defense from the right side of his partner Smolsic (5).H minute). LOSC was not feeling well in the game, and responded a few moments later with an incursion, which was followed by a shot from Cavalero that was well blocked on the ground by goalkeeper Rijeka Labrovic (15th). The first half was very poor technically and offensively, on both sides, with very few moves and above all a lot of fouls (40 in all). In particular from Jonathan David who was close to the correctional facility three times after receiving a yellow card in the 8th minute.H minute. What translates the apparent tension of the Canadian striker.
Lille struggled to enter the second half and could only see the damage when opening the scoring through the Croatian right side Smolsic (57).H). His shot from close range after a clash inside the penalty area after a free kick, due to a naive mistake by Zegrova, left Lucas Chevalier no chance. If Mr. Godinho (the Portuguese referee for the meeting) did not award a penalty kick to the Croats and Vucicevic a few minutes ago, after Thiago Santos defended him, the penalty fell in favor of the Lusk team, which is no longer in a qualified position. Fonseca’s squad believed it ten minutes later after Jonathan David’s equalizer (69′).H) who headed a cross with one touch from Cavalero on the left. Before the video assistant referee intervened to help Mr. Godinho to explain to him the offside position of the Portuguese. Lille was gradually freed by a shot from Angel Gomez (73H) very high and then header at the post from Lenny Euro from a corner (79H) who did not achieve the same success he achieved in the first leg, and he is the one who gave victory to his family. The 17-year-old defender and his partners had to contend with a dangerous stretch that looked like a trap, but how many times did a man hold his team at arm’s length to avoid the worst.
David launches LOSC
Lille were very uninspired even in extra time, and delivered a huge blow when Jonathan David fired home (108).H) A shot from Ismaili hits the post, heading perfectly into the Canadian’s feet. Thanks to patience and defense, that’s why Samuel Umtiti came into action and made his debut for Mastiffs (115H), Paulo Fonseca’s group is there and will be part of the Europa League Conference draw on Friday 1any September in Monaco.