Chelsea made it into the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 2-1 win over Lille at Stamford Bridge; but they almost made a mess of what looked to be a comfortable night’s work.
Frank Lampard’s side needed a win to guarantee progression to the last 16 and they got just that; but it was not without a nervy ending in west London.
Tammy Abraham and Cesar Azpilicueta gave the Blues a 2-0 lead at half-time; and they looked in complete control until the final 15 minutes; when their former player Loic Remy got on the score sheet for Lille.
It made for a nerve-shredding ending for Chelsea fans; but they did enough to get over the line and into Monday’s draw for the last 16.
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The first half could not have been more comfortable for Chelsea as they strolled to a two-goal lead at the break.
The visitors offered almost nothing going forward and they were not standing too firm at the back; either as Tammy Abraham opened the scoring 19 minutes in.
Abraham tapped in from inside the six-yard box; after good work from Willian on the right of the penalty area before driving the ball across goal.
It was a less likely scorer of the second goal as Azpilicueta nodded in from a corner at the near post after 35 minutes.
Former Blues striker Loic Remy found the back of the net with 12 minutes to go.
Jonathan Bamba got to the byline and picked out Remy 12 yards out; with the Frenchman crashing the ball off the underside of the bar with an emphatic finish.
Suddenly things were nervy for the home side, but they managed to regain control and limit Lille to little more possession.
Substitute Michy Batshuayi had a couple of good chances to put the game to bed for Chelsea but fluffed them.
Valencia secured something of a surprise win away to Ajax; which means Chelsea qualify in second place with the Spaniards topping the group and the Dutch team dropping out of the competition.