Minsk: Lille salvaged some pride from their miserable Champions League campaign by winning 2-0 away to BATE Borisov on Tuesday. Lille lost their first four Group F matches - including a humiliating 6-1 thrashing by Bayern Munich - and needed to win by a greater margin than 3-1 to have a chance of edging BATE to a consolation Europa League spot. They failed and look set to finish last in the group.
Right back Djibril Sidibe put Lille ahead in the 14th minute and Belgian forward Gianni Bruno scored on his Champions League debut to give Lille a comfortable lead before halftime. BATE failed to take advantage of Sidibe's sending off in the 74th and missed late chances. Lille profited from poor defending by the home side, when right back Denis Polyakov cleared a bobbling ball out of the area, but only as far as Sidibe, who lofted it back over goalkeeper Andrei Gorbunov and inside the left post.
Shortly after, striker Vitali Rodionov had a great chance to equalize but blazed the ball over the bar from close range, and Bruno went close to adding a second for Lille. Lille coach Rudi Garcia, exasperated by Lille's woeful performance when they lost 2-0 away to Lorient on Friday, gave fringe players a chance to impress. Bruno made amends for his earlier miss when he swept the ball in from close range in the 31st after fullback Lucas Digne beat Polyakov for pace and squared the ball to him.