Lille vs. Chelsea live score, updates, highlights & lineups from Champions League Round of 16

The first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 series between Chelsea and Lille must feel like ages ago for Blues supporters.

A few days after that 2-0 win over Lille on Feb. 22, Russia invaded Ukraine and club owner Roman Abramovich came under scrutiny for his ties to Vladimir Putin and the Russian regime. The UK government eventually sanctioned Abramovich, throwing the team’s daily operations into uncertainty due to restrictions imposed on the Blues as long as they are owned by Abramovich.

But Thomas Tuchel has kept his side going under the circumstances, and the Champions League quarterfinals are within reach for the defending European champs.

Tuchel said he expects Lille to be aggressive at home and, already 2-0 down in the series, the hosts will have nothing to lose. Lille will have to muster more in attack if they’re to catch Chelsea out in this game. The French side looked dangerous at times in the first leg, but were ultimately outclassed by the superior side.

Chelsea needed a late Kai Havertz header to beat Newcastle on the weekend in Premier League action, while Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side could only manage a goalless draw in Ligue 1 at home against struggling Saint Etienne.

Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates, commentary.

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Lillie vs. Chelsea live score

  1H 2H Final
Lille  1 1 1
Chelsea 1 2 2


Chelsea — Azpilicueta (Mount) — 71st min.

Chelsea — Pulisic (Jorginho) — 48th min.

LOSC — Yilmaz — 38th min.

(All times Eastern)

FULLTIME Romelu Lukaku looks to be breaking into the penalty area, and is fouled by Fonte. He goes down and wins a free kick, just as the match comes to an end, but Alonso can’t convert it. That’s the final action as the referee’s whistle blows.

92nd min: Alonso is involved again. A reverse pass from Kante finds him through on goal, but he’s too close to Jardim, who stands up and saves Alonso’s scooped effort from close range. It could be the first save Jardim has had to make in the game. He holds on to the Chelsea cross that follows.

91st min: Four minutes of injury time. A goal a minute and the hosts will go through. As it is, Alonso has a chance to put the ball on a plate for Lukaku at the far post, but can’t find the forward with his pass across goal.

89th min: Chelsea continue to kill the game effectively. They’ve shown a little more in attack in the second half, and have kept the ball better. They keep the ball as we approach injury time.

85th min: Good work from Djalo to get past Alonso, who has been exposed a couple of times in those situations. Rudiger is on hand to snuff out any danger.

83rd min: Ziyech is on for Havertz as Chelsea look almost certain to see this out now.

81st min: Nice link up play from Lille who, to their credit, are still trying. Yilmaz is the focal point, and Azpilicueta has to be alert to see the ball out for a goal kick under pressure from Ben Arfa.

77th min: A triple change for Lille, with Domagoj Bradaric, Hatem Ben Arfa and Angel Gomes replacing Jonathan David, Gabi Gudmundsson and Jonathan Bamba. It’s unlikely to make much difference at this point, but the home team have to push.

73rd min: You’d think that should be it now. Jorginho is off for Loftus-Cheek, and Lukaku comes on to replace Pulisic. Lille, in truth haven’t done enough in the second half. They’ve huffed and they’ve puffed but they haven’t delivered in the final third.

71st min: GOAL!

That should be it! Chelsea up 4-1 on aggregate now. A great ball out to Mount on the left hand side, he’s on the blindside of the defender. He drives towards the goalline and lifts the ball across goal. It evades everyone, and finds Azpilicueta arriving from the right, who guides the ball home.

68th min: Bamba has been involved in all manner of ways. He’s been a real livewire when he gets on the ball, and he’s involved in a confrontation with Alonso, the assistant referee, and anyone else he can find on the far side. Lille will need to make sure their aggressive approach doesn’t boil over. They have less than 25 minutes to level the tie.

66th min: Chelsea try and play out, but are hemmed in by Lille. They get away with a goal kick, but the crowd has livened up. There’s a stoppage in play as Edouard Mendy picks up and object that has been thrown onto the pitch and shows it to the referee.

63rd min: Post! Chelsea are caught unaware after a short corner routine. The ball is over David and finds Andre just behind him, who heads against the post. A let off for the visitors, who feel like they’re letting the hosts into it still.

59th min: The second half hasn’t had the same feel as the first half. The crowd aren’t as loud and Lille haven’t been as aggressive. Alonso fires a free kick into the wall and Rudiger hooks the dropping ball wide. Lille need something to go their way if they’re going to do something here. Chalobah goes down after an aerial duel with Yilmaz, who has been animated in the second half.

58th min: Botman is off, as is Celik, with Onana and Timothy Weah on in their place.

56th min: Sven Botman has lasted about a minute more. He’s not helped by his teammates passing him the ball a couple of times, and kicks it out himself. He goes down and the physios are on. It’s hard to see him playing on here, and in hindsight, he probably shouldn’t have played on when he first felt the problem. He’s applauded as he walks off.

54th min: Lille get in a bit of a mess in their own area, but eventually Grbic clears the ball. Botman pulls up just at the start of that, and limps slightly. He’s walking around holding his hamstring but he seems to be playing on. One to keep an eye on.

51st min: Lille come forward again, with two dangerous crosses into the area. The second is especially dangerous. Bamba creates space with feet that are too quick for Marcos Alonso, before digging out a cross to find Yilmaz. He rises and heads the ball towards goal, but it’s just wide of the post. Play stops before the goal kick can be taken as Celik receives treatment.

48th min: Mason Mount, who appears to be sporting a moustache, wins a free kick on the left. He walks away a little gingerly, but looks like he’ll be okay. Alonso takes the free kick but the referee blows his whistle before the ball even arrives, due to Chelsea pushing in the area. Chelsea’s shape is definitely helping them. Mount further forward is giving them a front three, meaning they can pin back the wide men for the hosts.

46th min: That second half goal really was a massive boost for Chelsea. As the teams line up for the second half, Mason Mount is one for Mateo Kovacic as Thomas Tuchel makes an attacking reshuffle in midfield.

HALFTIME: It’s a great finish to the half from Chelsea, who ensure that they go into the last 45 minutes with their two goal lead intact. Their performance was solid before the penalty, and if they can maintain their composure, they stand a good chance of seeing out the result.

48th min: GOAL!

Chelsea have pressed hard in the minutes of the half. It’s a gorgeous pass from Jorginho who slides the ball through the right channel for Pulisic in the area. Running onto the pass, he places it from a tight angle perfectly, hitting it across goal and just inside the far post.

45th min: The free kick doesn’t come to anything, neither does the resulting corner, and Chelsea can’t keep the pressure on. Thomas Tuchel doesn’t look happy on the sideline, and you’d think the visitors need half time now, and five minutes with their manager.

41st min: Chelsea’s gameplan has been to shut up shop and make sure they have men back whenever Lille get the ball forward. Seeing out the remainder of this match with that approach won’t be easy watching for Blues fans. Gudmundsson gives away a free kick on the Lille left, similar to the free kick Chalobah gave away before the goal. Perhaps the visitors can capitalise here.

38th min: GOAL!

Yilmaz makes no mistake from the spot! It’s a confident penalty that explodes past Mendy. Chelsea’s aggregate lead is halved, and that’s a major blow for the visitors.

37th min: Penalty! The referee only needs a moment to decide. It’s a Lille penalty. The Chelsea players aren’t happy and make that clear to the official. If you were being cynical, you’d suggest it’s gamesmanship. We’ll find out whether it affects Yilmaz.

36th min: It’s all a bit messy. The initial cross is palmed away by Mendy, who can’t hold it. It’s scappy as the ball is put back in a couple of times. Bodies are in the way, limbs are flailing. Lille want a penalty for a Jorginho handball. Chelsea survive for a moment but the referee stops play. VAR is reviewing the penalty shout, and the referee is looking at the pitchside monitor.

35th min: Chelsea play with ten briefly as Christensen limps off. The physios make it clear that he can’t play on, and Trevoh Chalobah is on in his place. Over half an hour gone and Chelsea’s performance would best be described as professional. Lille break forward again and Chalobah is booked almost right away. He gives away a free kick after Jonathan David nutmegs him and gets past. Chalobah pulls him down, wide on the right, edge of the box.

31st min: There’s a stoppage in play as Christensen is down, just before the halfway line. The Chelsea physios are on, and the Danish defender looks like he’ll be coming off.

27th min: The referee has been a little lenient, but it’s allowing the game to flow well. Still not much in the way of goalmouth action, but the game is finely poised. Lille are still set up aggressively, and you get the feeling that aggression could pay off for them if they play their cards right.

24th min: Chelsea’s most promising moment of the game so far as Pulisic somehow ends up in the Lille penalty area. He tries a delicate ball through to Havertz, which rolls through into the hands of Grbic. The hosts are managing to find a little more time on the ball now.

22nd min: As soon as I say that, Jorginho is caught on the ball and Lille counter attack. David finds Yilmaz on the right but Chelsea have numbers back. Yilmaz needs to find the perfect cross to find his strike partner, and he doesn’t manage that.

20th min: Chelsea feel like they’ve adjusted to the pace of the game a little more now. No clear goalmouth action, but Chelsea are getting their foot on the ball with more regularity.

14th min: Chelsea get hold of the ball a little more, although a couple of crosses come to nothing. The visitors will know that surviving the first twenty minutes and quelling the crowd will be key to the start of the game, and they’re managing that so far. Christensen has to be alert to stop Gudmundsson getting on the end of a cross.

10th min: Lille have a free kick just outside the edge of the D, after Lille turnover possession again and Christensen gives away a free kick. There’s a delay before it’s taken. Eventually, Yilmaz opts for power. He fires over in the end. Ten minutes gone, Lille have threatened Chelsea but Mendy hasn’t had too much to do.

8th min: Lille press well to win the ball back in Chelsea’s third and they have a dangerous counter. Yilmaz’s shot from outside the area hits Thiago Silva and is out for a corner, but it was good intent from the hosts, who are playing with real aggression here.

4th min: Chelsea get the ball forward. Havertz runs at Botman, but the defender gets the better of him, and it’s a Lille goal kick. Yilmaz is caught by Azpilicueta as the ball goes out for a throw in. The Chelsea skipper caught him on the ankle with a late follow through.

2nd min: A loud start. Chelsea pass the ball around, but the first minute ends with Gudmundsson winning a corner on the left, to loud cheers. Kai Havedrtz heads away. The ball is put back in by Fonte, but Mendy gathers.

3:59 p.m.: The home fans are certainly looking to do their part before kick off. Cesar Azpilicueta is back in the side and leads the team out to a vibrant stadium. Large banners rise in front of the crowd, and a few flares dot the stadium. It’s time for that famous anthem now.

3:55 p.m.: Five minutes to go till kick off and there’s a healthy atmosphere in the ground. The home side will need to use that to their advantage if they’re going to overturn their deficit from the first leg.

3:29 p.m: It looks like Chelsea will be lining up with a 3-5-2. Thomas Tuchel commented that he’s expected Lille’s shape to be aggressive, and it suggests the visitors will be looking to take the sting out of the game. Marcos Alonso makes his 200th appearance for the West London side, and he’ll be hoping for a positive result to mark the occasion.

3:01 p.m.: The Chelsea team news is also in. As expected, Alonso and Azpilicueta return to the side.

2:57 p.m.: The Lille team is out. As expected, Renato Sanches doesn’t feature. It looks like Burak Yilmaz will partner Jonathan David up front.

2:55 p.m.: For their sake, let’s hope that Lille show more imagination in attack tonight than they did when they named their mascot.

2:40 p.m.: There were concerns over Chelsea’s ability to spend money on travel arrangements given a government-imposed travel expense cap as part of the sanctions against Abramovich. Well, here’s video evidence that the club is bussing it to the stadium in Lille:

Lille vs. Chelsea lineups

The main absence for Lille is Renato Sanches, who is expected to miss out with injury. He was responsible for several bright moments in the first leg, and will be a massive absence.

Lille starting lineup (3-5-2, left to right): Jardim (GK) — Djalo, Botman, Fonte, Celik — Gudmundsson, Andre, Xeka, Bamba — David, Yilmaz

Lille subs (9): Grbic, Raux, Ben Arfa, Lihadji, Gomes, Weah, Zhegrova, Onana, Bradaric

Ben Chilwell is the only Chelsea player who is certain to miss out with a long-term injury absence. Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are injury doubts, and their fitness will have to be assessed in the lead-up to kickoff, but Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta are expected to be back in contention.

Chelsea starting lineup (3-5-2, left to right): Mendy (GK) — Rudiger, SIlva, Christensen — Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Azpilicueta — Pulisic, Havertz

Chelsea subs (11): Kepa, Bettinelli, Chalobah, Sarr, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Vale, Ziyech, Werner, Lukaku

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How to watch Lille vs. Chelsea

  • Date: Wed., March 16
  • Time: 4 p.m. ET
  • USA TV channel: Galavision
  • USA streaming: fuboTV, Paramount + 
  • Canada streaming: DAZN

In the USA, the game will be carried by Galavision (Spanish) which is streamed on fuboTV, available to new subscribers on a free trial. The match is also streamed on Paramount+ for subscribers.

In Canada, all UEFA Champions League matches are available exclusively live and on demand on DAZN.






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