OSIMHEN ENDS AWAY DAY BLUES IN HEAVY LILLE DEFEAT

Nigeria international Victor Osimhen opened the scoring, but was powerless to prevent Lille’s 4-1 second-half capitulation away to Valencia on Tuesday night.

The 20-year-old had not scored away from home for Les Dogues since joining in the summer, as all eight of his goals prior to the trip to Mestalla came on home soil.

That hoodoo was broken in the 25th minute of the first half, as Osimhen seized upon a blocked Dani Parejo pass, streaked clear of the Valencia defence, and tucked home a finish through the legs of Jasper Cillessen to give Lille the lead.

Christophe Galtier’s side held on to that lead until the midway point of the second period, when experienced defender Jose Fonte was adjudged to have handled a cut-back inside the area. The referee pointed to the spot, and up stepped Parejo to atone for his error, bringing the scores level with a Panenka.

Three further goals in the final 10 minutes saw Valencia completely take the game away from the visitors: first, Adama Soumaoro had the misfortune of deflecting the ball into his own net; then midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia hit a belter from 35 yards past the despairing dive of Mike Maignan; and finally Ferran Torres completed the scoring on the night.

The result means Lille remain bottom of Group H, with one point from their opening four matches in this season’s Champions League.

Osimhen has now taken his tally in Europe’s elite competition to two goals, and his haul in all competitions to nine.

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