Discover the tops and flops after the logical defeat of LOSC (1-2) on behalf of the round of 16 first leg of the Europa League.
Starting in midfield, Daley Blind was as active in recovery as he was precise offensively. His vertical passes kept breaking the lines of the Lille defense and his activity was such that it was sometimes difficult to know in which position he was placed at the start of the match. An XXL match of Blind, which was the symbol of Ajax’s superiority in the heart of the game.
The goalkeeper trained at PSG was one of the only satisfactions of the evening on the Lille side. It was he who allowed LOSC to maintain the hope of an almost unexpected victory as Ajax dominated the debates. A decisive parade against Antony while the Brazilian winger had been forgotten by the LOSC defense to warm up, he then multiplied the reassuring interventions in the second half. Powerless on Tadic’s penalty (87e), he is unhappy on Brobbey’s goal (89e). Indeed, he made a good exit against the Ajax bulldozer, but his intervention was not enough and the ball still died in his nets.
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Symbol of an asphyxiated LOSC, the Turk has never been dangerous in this part. Usual centerpiece of the Lille game, the former Trabzonspor player was completely transparent in the face of the good defensive organization of Ajax. With his two triplets in the group stage, Yusuf Yazici did not confirm by delivering one of his worst performances since the start of the season. A match to forget for him.
Lille midfielder overtaken
Real theater of the tactical match between Ten Hag and Galtier, the battle of the midfield has largely shifted to the side of the Dutch. Boubakary Soumaré and Renato Sanches struggled to find verticality during the phases with the ball against the pressing of their opponents. Too many inaccuracies to be able to endanger the Ajax block. For their part, the Dutch midfielders were particularly inspired by the image of Klaassen, very dangerous in the second half. Deprived of Xeka and Benjamin André, both suspended, Christophe Galtier had no other choice but to maintain his confidence in the middle two in spite of the superiority of the opposing midfield.