Aston Villa 2-1 Lille: Hosts hold lead after Europa Conference League quarter-final first leg

Ollie Watkins scores for Aston Villa against Lille
Ollie Watkins opened the scoring as Aston Villa won the first leg of their Europa Conference leg quarter-final tie against Lille

Goals from Ollie Watkins and John McGinn gave Aston Villa a narrow first-leg lead over Lille in their Europa Conference League quarter-final as Unai Emery marked his 1,000th game as a manager.

Watkins scored in the 13th minute, left unmarked in the box to head in from a McGinn corner.

Leon Bailey then played the ball to McGinn from a corner and he doubled the lead with a fierce strike into the bottom corner in the 56th minute.

With six minutes remaining, Lille got a goal back as Bafode Diakite flicked in a header from Angel Gomes’ cross.

Trailing 2-0, Lille thought they had got back into the game in the 67th minute but Gabriel Gudmundsson’s finish at the back post was ruled out for offside after a lengthy review.

Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was in inspired form, denying Gudmundsson from a tight angle and getting down low to save Jonathan David’s effort on goal.

In stoppage time, Lille substitute Yusuf Yazici curled just wide of the top corner as Villa endured a nervy end to the game, having been in control for the majority of the contest.

The second leg takes place next Thursday (17:45 BST) as Lille look to overturn the one-goal deficit at Stade Pierre Mauroy.

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Aston Villa

  1. Squad number1Player nameE Martínez

  2. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

  3. Squad number3Player nameDiego Carlos

  4. Squad number14Player nameP Torres

  5. Squad number12Player nameDigne

  6. Squad number31Player nameBailey

  7. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

  8. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

  9. Squad number27Player nameRogers

  10. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  11. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

  1. Squad number15Player nameÁlex Moreno

  2. Squad number19Player nameDiaby

  3. Squad number22Player nameZaniolo

  4. Squad number24Player nameDurán

  5. Squad number47Player nameIroegbunam


  1. Squad number30Player nameChevalier

  2. Squad number22Player nameTiago Santos

  3. Squad number15Player nameYoro

  4. Squad number18Player nameDiakité

  5. Squad number31Player nameIsmaily

  6. Squad number21Player nameAndré

  7. Squad number6Player nameBentaleb

  8. Squad number23Player nameZhegrova

  9. Squad number7Player nameHaraldsson

  10. Squad number5Player nameGudmundsson

  11. Squad number9Player nameDavid

  1. Squad number4Player nameAlexsandro Ribeiro

  2. Squad number8Player nameGomes

  3. Squad number10Player nameCabella

  4. Squad number12Player nameYazici


Aston Villa

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1E MartínezBooked at 90mins
  • 4Konsa
  • 3Diego Carlos
  • 14P Torres
  • 12DigneSubstituted forMorenoat 74′minutes
  • 31BaileySubstituted forDiabyat 74′minutes
  • 8TielemansBooked at 77minsSubstituted forIroegbunamat 82′minutes
  • 6Douglas LuizBooked at 49mins
  • 27RogersSubstituted forZanioloat 66′minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 11WatkinsSubstituted forDuránat 82′minutes


  • 15Moreno
  • 18Gauci
  • 19Diaby
  • 22Zaniolo
  • 24Durán
  • 25Olsen
  • 29Kesler-Hayden
  • 47Iroegbunam
  • 71Kellyman


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Chevalier
  • 22Carvalho Santos
  • 15Yoro
  • 18DiakitéSubstituted forde Souza Ribeiroat 87′minutes
  • 31Gonçalves dos Santos
  • 21André
  • 6Bentaleb
  • 23ZhegrovaSubstituted forYaziciat 60′minutes
  • 7HaraldssonSubstituted forCabellaat 78′minutes
  • 5GudmundssonSubstituted forGomesat 78′minutes
  • 9David


  • 1Mannone
  • 4de Souza Ribeiro
  • 8Gomes
  • 10Cabella
  • 12Yazici
  • 17Neves Abreu Cavaleiro
  • 19Fontoura da Fonseca Morais
  • 33Bouaddi
  • 36Touré
  • 38Ferrah
  • 40Negrel

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