Angel Gomes scores first Lille goal to help clinch CL last-16 qualification
Former Manchester United academy star Angel Gomes scored his first Lille goal to help the French side qualify for the Champions League last-16.
The attacking midfielder came on for the Ligue 1 champions away to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, in the 68th minute, at a time that his side were winning 1-0, thanks to a goal from Burak Yilmaz.
Within four minutes of being on the pitch, the 21-year-old helped doubled his side’s lead, by slipping through Canadian star Jonathan David, who slotted the ball home via the post.
After the German side had been caught trying to play the ball out from the back, Gomes opened his Lille account after being played in by Jonathan Ikone.
The England under-21 international’s right-footed effort squirmed underneath Koen Casteels and Gomes ran off towards the corner flag to celebrate.
Despite only being on the pitch for just over 20 minutes, Gomes was given a rating of 8.3 by SofaScore, which was the highest rating of any player on the pitch.
Alongside his goal and assist, Gomes had 11 touches and completed six of his eight attempted passes.
Gomes’ first goal and assist for Lille comes after he has to endure a frustrating period which has brought very little game time.
Prior to his cameo in Germany, Gomes had only had seven minutes of club football, since his last start which came on 23 October.
However, now that he has opened his Lille account, Gomes will be looking to kick on and establish himself as a regular starter in Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side.
With Lille qualifying as Group G winners similar to United, a reunion with his former side will have to wait until the quarter-finals, or beyond.
Gomes received high praise for his performance by a number of his former Manchester United teammates, who were delighted for him.
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