Chelsea are into the last-16 of this season’s UEFA Champions League after beating French club Lille 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in their final group match this evening.
The Blues needed to win and hope that the result in the other game went their way. Frank Lampard’s side got a successful combination of results which sees them qualify as runners-up.
Chelsea were in control of the match early on and visiting keeper Mike Maignan had to be alert to deny Emerson Palmieri.
The Blues were to take the lead just three minutes later. Willian played a low cross into the box and striker Tammy Abraham was in the right place, at the right time to tap the ball home.
Chelsea added to their lead 10 minutes before the break when Emerson delivered a cross onto the head of fellow defender Cesar Azpilicueta and the Spaniard headed the ball home.
Willian went close to making it 3-0 early in the second half but Maignan gathered the ball at the second attempt from a dangerous free-kick before Mateo Kovacic forced a save from substitute Lille keeper Cesar with an effort from distance.
Former Blues forward Loic Remy netted a late consolation goal for the visitors but it made no difference to the overall outcome with Chelsea qualifying as group runners-up.