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Chelsea 2-1 Lille: Abraham and Azpilicueta on target as Blues book last-16 spot despite Loic Remy scoring against former side

Chelsea moved through to the Champions League knockout stage with a 2-1 win over a largely compliant Lille side at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Tammy Abraham and Cesar Azpilicueta scored first-half goals as Frank Lampard’s men bounced back from their weekend defeat to Everton by sewing up second spot in Group H.

The hosts knew three points would confirm their place in the last 16 and encountered little resistance until former Chelsea forward Loic Remy netted a 78th-minute consolation for the bottom-placed French side.

Valencia victory over Ajax in Amsterdam denied Chelsea top spot, but Lampard will be satisfied after becoming the first Englishman to oversee the entirety of a successful group-stage campaign since Harry Redknapp, his uncle, did so with Tottenham in 2010-11.

Chelsea almost scored three times, with Christian Pulisic and Emerson Palmieri threatening, before Abraham notched his second European goal in the 19th minute.

Willian darted past Lille left-back Jeremy Pied and squared for the unmarked striker to apply a simple finish.

The lively Emerson tested Mike Maignan a second time and then supplied the corner that Azpilicueta headed home 10 minutes before half-time.

Maignan needed attention following a collision with Kurt Zouma but his good form continued with a double save from Pulisic and Willian upon the resumption.

The 24-year-old goalkeeper was eventually forced from the field with an ice pack applied to his knee in the 72nd minute.

Leo Jardim, Maignan’s replacement, saved from Mateo Kovacic, and it was at the other end that the next goal arrived, Remy firing in after substitute Jonathan Bamba found space in the box.

It proved a minor hiccup for Chelsea, who held their nerve en route to a first Champions League home win in six matches.

MATCH FACTS AND STATS

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Emerson Palmieri, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Mount 82), Willian, Abraham (Batshuayi 72), Pulisic (Hudson-Odoi 62). 

Subs not used: Christensen, Barkley, Caballero, James.

Goals: Abraham (19), Azpilicueta (35)

Booked: Zouma 

Manager: Frank Lampard 

Lille: Maignan (Leo Cesar 72), Celik, Gabriel, Djalo, Pied, Soumare, Thiago Maia (Bamba 66), Yazici, Xeka, Luiz Araujo (Sanches 82), Remy. 

Subs not used: Fonte, Osimhen, Ikone, Bradaric.

Goals: Remy (78) 

Booked: Celik, Xeka 

Manager: Christophe Galtier 

Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (Greece).

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