The news of the goal of Batshuayi to Ajax (0-1) in the 86th minute of the match that was played in Amsterdam disturbed the Valencia expedition in Lille when the team jumped into the field. Batshuayi, that one nine fat ass that in Mestalla remember as someone who evokes a stowaway, ceded by Chelsea in 2018 to disgust a suspicious wardrobe, scored three goals in 23 games as Valencianista – against Celta, Ebro, and Young Boys. No one expected news of him in Lille. Much less that he had scored the decisive goal that raised Chelsea to the head of Group H and led Valencia to live under pressure to get the pass to eighths. Suddenly, it became essential to get three points from Lille. Ajax and Chelsea add six points, and Valencia, four.
Mike Maignan, Fonte, Tiago Djalo (Jonathan Bamba, min. 86), Gabriel, Boubakary Soumare, Mehmet Zeki Celik, Domagoj Bradaric, Andre, Yusuf Yazici (Rémy, min. 70), Luiz Araujo (Nanitamo Ikone, min. 64) and Victor Osimhen.
Cillessen, Gabriel Paulista, Wass, Mouctar Diakhaby, Jaume Costa, Cheryshev (Garay, min. 86), Parejo, Coquelin, Kondogbia (Carlos Soler, min. 45), Gameiro (Lee Kang-In, min. 64) and Maxi Gómez .
0-1 min. 62: Cheryshev. 1-1 min. 94: Nanitamo Ikone.
Tiago Djalo (min. 85),
Gabriel (min. 97),
Mehmet Zeki Celik (min. 20),
Luiz Araujo (min. 41),
Mouctar Diakhaby (min. 81) and
Maxi Gomez (min. 92).
Mouctar Diakhaby (min. 83).
Planning takes over football. Budgets grow and fattening the spying, analysis and projection departments. But the game is still unpredictable. Ironic as the return of Batshuayi to the sphere of Valencia, or absurd as the simultaneously innocuous approaches of Celades and Galtier, who transformed their teams in anticipation that they would find one thing and found another.
"We made a radical change," Galtier admitted, at the end of the evening. The Lille coach played with three centrals for the first time this season because he thought Valencia would attack him with two extremes, and Valencia came out with Coquelin like a nail escorting Kondogbia. Celades put Coquelin inside in anticipation that Lille would attack with Ikoné and Bamba outside, but Galtier, against his custom, left both ends on the bench. The result was a crushing of men more pending to watch the opponents than to find out where the partners were.
The most persecuted footballer was Dani Parejo. The name of the ten He had to rumble in the slogans to Soumaré and André, attentive to each ball received by the main administrator of Valencia. From the balls that were stolen came the best chances of Lille in the first part, especially a shot to the stick of Yazici.
Undermined by Coquelin's difficulties in giving continuity to Parejo's relief moves, Valencia was pocketed in his field. Paulista and Diakhaby beat Osimhen, the local figure who, just 20 years old, took a while to find his place. If Lille had a chance to get ahead, it was because of the abnegation of his right-handed side, Turkish Zeki, freed to harass Jaume Costa and far out of Cheryshev's control. On that flank the Celades team cracked before the break.
Coquelin's change to Kondogbia provided Valencia with what it needed. More control of the game in the midfield, more depth on the sides, and an accomplice for Parejo. Galtier had no time to react when Parejo did what the French coach had feared so much. Receive the ball on the axis of the field with a second of respite and put a pass in the alley that separated Fonte from Gabriel. The ball traveled with brake. Gameiro was unchecked on time. The defense of three centrals lost the reference. Long enough for Gameiro to put the center to the second post, where Cheryshev appeared to push the net.
Gameiro's withdrawal by Lee coincided with the progressive extinction of the Valencia push. The entrance of Ikoné, Bamba and Remy threw Lille into charge and exposed his opponent to a desperate defense. Bamba and Andre put Cilessen to the test. Expelled for knocking down Osimhen, Diakhaby left his team with ten in the absence of five minutes. The beach seemed won in the 95th minute when a rebound enabled Ikoné. The right-wing unleashed the 50,000 throats of Pierre-Mauroy twice: once before and once after the supervision of the VAR, which sanctioned the goal and 1-1. The outcome was surprising. Like the night. Like football.