Canada’s Jonathan David scores as Lille advance to Champions League – .

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Canada’s Jonathan David scores as Lille advance to Champions League – .


WOLFSBURG, Germany – Lille have qualified for the Champions League in the round of 16 for the first time in 15 years as the French champions beat Wolfsburg 3-1 on Wednesday to win their group.

Either team would have qualified with a victory in a tight Group G, and it was Lille who seized the opportunity.

Veteran striker Burak Yilmaz gave Lille the lead after Jonathan Ikone charged up the right flank on a quick break and crossed low for the Turkish striker coming to the edge of the penalty area to finish.

Wolfsburg posed little threat except with set pieces and a penalty just before half-time for the handball which was dismissed by the video.

Still, the German team stayed in the game until the 72nd minute, when David doubled Lille’s lead with a shot out of the post. It came from an assist from Angel Gomes, who scored Lille’s third soon after.

Swiss winger Renato Steffen responded with a shot into the top corner in the 89th minute, but it was too late for a comeback.

Lille have only qualified once in the group stage, when they lost to Manchester United in the round of 16 in 2006-07. Wolfsburg finished last and was eliminated.

Salzburg qualified from second in Group G after beating Sevilla 1-0 in the other game.



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