Lille was hung at home by AC Milan (1-1) Thursday during the third day of the group stage of the Europa League, missing the opportunity to qualify for the round of 16 two days before the end.

Led and battered by AC Milan, Lille managed to get a good draw (1-1) Thursday on their lawn which allows them to get closer to qualifying for the round of 16 of the Europa League.

Le Losc, who conceded the opening scoring of Spaniard Samu Castillejo from the first seconds of the second half, managed to equalize through Jonathan Bamba (65th).

The Mastiffs thus retain the lead of Group H (8 points) with respectively one step ahead of the Rossoneri and two over Sparta Prague, winner of Celtic Glasgow 4-1 on Thursday and which they will host next week at the Pierre- Mauroy.

Three weeks after their demonstration at San Siro (3-0), the Northerners struggled against much more precise and dangerous Milanese, despite the absence of injury from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, their offensive spearhead.

Northerners quickly put in difficulty

Christophe Galtier's players, in a hurry and generally dominated by the Transalpins, however showed abnegation to end up breaking through the solid opposing defense and thus obtain a result which leaves them in a good position for a European spring.

From the start of the match, AC Milan, revenge, imposed a big pressing in Lille.

Quickly, the Italians managed to put the Northerners in difficulty, even if they struggled to be dangerous, except on a cross from Theo Hernandez taken too softly by Ante Rebic (10th).

The Lille response was quick with a curled shot not on target from Yusuf Yazici, author of a hat-trick on the way to San Siro but rather extinct Thursday (12th).

On a counter, Lille captain José Fonte had to achieve a miraculous rescue in front of Jens Petter Hauge to annihilate a 3 against 1 Milan in the area of ​​Losc (24th).

This warning had the effect of waking up the Mastiffs, who regained a bit of bite at the end of the first period, like the right ally Luiz Araujo, who called on Gianluigi Donnarumma on two long strikes that were on target (37th, 44th).