Chelsea maintained their hopes of retaining the Champions League as they beat Ligue 1 side Lille at a lively Stade Pierre-Mauroy to secure a 4-1 aggregate win and reach the quarter-finals. Thomas Tuchel’s side took a 2-0 first-leg lead to France but, in a match played amid continued uncertainty over the club’s future, they had to come from behind after a slow start to earn success in the return.
Chelsea Beat Lille to Advance in Champions League
Burak Yilmaz opened the scoring for Lille from a penalty spot after Jorginho handled the ball in the first half. Chelsea came back into the game, only for Christian Pulisic to reply in first-half injury time.
The Premier League side’s captain Cesar Azpilicueta then put the last-16 encounter beyond the French champions when he finished at the back post with 19 minutes remaining.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea will find out their last-eight opponents in Friday’s draw. Elsewhere on Wednesday Villarreal surprised Italian top side Juventus 3-0 to book their place in the next stage of the competition.