AC Milan without Zlatan Ibrahimovic was held to a 1-1 draw by Lille in the Europa League on Thursday after Jonathan Bamba's goal cancelled out Samu Castillejo's effort for the Italian side.
AllNews understands that the draw puts Lille on eight points at the top of Group H, a point ahead of Milan, with two more games to play, with qualification to the knockout stages still not assured after Sparta Prague moved up to six points with victory over Celtic.
Let's sleep on this ? #UEL pic.twitter.com/rtUtKji5pZ— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) November 26, 2020
Milan was without top scorer, Ibrahimovic as a result of injury but the Serie A side still put in the show.
Segui la cronaca di #LOSCMilan, LIVE sulla nostra App ? https://t.co/k2zluibzhx ? #SempreMilan #UEL pic.twitter.com/x89iHJtFvs— AC Milan (@acmilan) November 26, 2020
Lille nearly took an early lead when Sandro Tonali lost possession near his box, allowing Yusuf Yazici to take a shot on goal. However, Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was relieved to see it curl wide.
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Tonali then made up for his near-costly error with a sublime through ball in the opening minute of the second half, releasing Ante Rebic who pulled it back for Castillejo to score the opening goal.
Lille pulled one back almost 20 minutes later when a quick throw-in caught Milan's defense off guard and a smart passing move allowed Jonathan David to control a cross to set up Bamba, who found the back of the net with a deflected shot.
Lille hosts Sparta Prague next week while Milan host Celtic.