If this draw between Slovan Bratislava and Lille (1-1) was not exciting from start to finish and will not leave an unforgettable memory for viewers, Angel Gomes should still remember it. And for good reason: the sole scorer of the evening on the northern side scored his second European goal, his first since December 2021 when he scored against Wolfsburg. An achievement that is worth the detour, as his one-two with Yazici is so well felt. Not to spoil anything, he concluded his action with a subtle dive which left the opposing goalkeeper no chance. A goal which proved decisive, in a match where the attacking midfielder regularly showed himself skilful in small spaces.
In this meeting at the top of Group A, the first in the group (Lille) faced its runner-up, Slovan Bratislava. And at the end of a close match, the hierarchy remains unchanged. The first two are therefore only separated by one point, while Klaksvic and Ljubljana can still hope to qualify. Suspense on all levels, which should provide us with breathtaking scenarios over the last two days. Klaksvic's reception to Pierre Mauroy, during the last day on December 14, could well be the whole of a suspenseful match.
Announced as the starting left central defender at kick-off, Samuel Umtiti knew how to play big. On the bench during the last two league meetings against Marseille and Monaco, the 2018 world champion has failed to convince Paulo Fonseca since the start of the season. And it wasn't tonight that he scored points. The former Lyon player made several mistakes against Slovan Bratislava, first conceding an avoidable penalty in the 64th minute. A penalty canceled for offside, but which did not prevent the locals from equalizing a few minutes later (81st). Receiving a low cross, Cavric was not bothered enough by Umtiti who lost his duel. An equalizer which cost Losc the victory.
The only ones who were happy about this first half were probably the managers of the refreshment bar in Bratislava. These first 45 minutes, to which the referee graciously decided not to grant additional time, did not really bring the crowd to their feet. The only thrill came from a set piece for the locals (27th) following which Kashia hit the bar with his head. A deadly boring first act, represented by the following statistic: neither team managed to score in the first half. We can't wait to move on to the knockout matches, while these Conference League group matches too often offer us a spectacle of this ilk.