In France, the wounds are licked after the frustrating Europa League dismantling of Lille OSC against Ajax. Praise is there for Davy Klaassen and Dusan Tadic, but the press also questions the Amsterdam opening hit.
“Lille surrenders, “headlines LÉquipe. The team of Christophe Galtier is dominant in Ligue 1, but still has much to learn on the European stage. Like last week, Lille dripped off with regret and frustration. They can comfort themselves with the thought that the first national championship since 2011 is a real opportunity. But then it has to be more mature.”
Frances largest sports newspaper questions the decisions of referee William Collum, who could have given three penalties instead of one. At least, thats what LEquipe thinks. In the end, in the second half he had no option but to whistle for a violation of Lisandro Martínez on Jonathan David and that was about time.
So close and yet so far away, headlines France Football with a sense of drama. The outcome of this football match was largely determined by an action we are used to seeing in basketball. The organizer of the Ballon dOr election is referring to the fall of Sven Botman at the 1-0 of Davy Klaassen. The referee could have whistled for the block of Blind, but he didnt. An expensive lesson for Botman.”
France Football is lauding about Klaassen and captain Dusan Tadic. The Ajax routiniers get the highest grades with a 7. Just like last week in Lille, Tadic showed his full colour palette. He can dictate the pace of a match with his perfect passes and an even more impressive insight. Combines great with Klaassen.
The Ajax figures of France Football: Stekelenburg 5, Rensch 5, Timber 5, Martínez 5, Blind 6, Klaassen 7, Álvarez 5, Gravenberch 6, Neres 6, Antony 4, Tadic 7.
YES. David Neres is doing it! The Brazilian takes away all hope at Lille and helps Ajax to the next round in the Europa League. #RTL7 #ajalil #UEL pic.twitter.com/PKI74GQB8p
— VTBL âš½ (@vtbl) February 25, 2021
No wonder for LOSC, which has been disabled by Ajax, reports the local La Voix du Nord. Its over: Lille will not see the sequel in the Europa League. The leader of France played a very good match, was caught by the cold realism of the Dutch.
So Foot saw faith in Lille. “But it was in vain. They wanted it, they believed in it and lost, grieves the French medium. Ajax is just stronger, football technical in the first game and in terms of experience in the second game. Nothing was stolen, because it was a great 180-minute show.” Klaassen (7.5) and Tadic (7) get the highest grades. So delicate and precious, like porcelain from Limoges, writes So Foot about the latter.