Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen’s hopes of landing a first trophy for Lille was painfully extinguished after they lost on penalties to fellow Ligue 1 side Lyon after extra time in the semifinal of the Coupe de la Ligue on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old was on for the entire 120 minutes creating a goal and scoring Lille’s fourth kick in the shoot out but misses by Jonathan Bamba and Renato Sanches saw Lyon win 4-3 to progress to the final.
Lille opened the scoring at Groupama Stadium in the 13th minute through Portuguese midfielder who swept home after the ball fell at his feet following Osimhen’s mazy run.
Their lead was shortlived though with Moussa Dembele restoring parity from the spot following a foul in the box.
With the game seemingly headed for a draw and extra time, Dembele teed up Houssem Aouar to score what appeared a likely winner in the 85th minute but Lyon defender Rafael fouled in the box in added time to gift Lille a penalty and the chance of extra time.
French striker Loic Remy showed nerves of steel to bury the kick and send the game into extra time which ended goalless with penalties ensuing thereafter.
Jonathan Bamba opened the shootouts by missing for Lille and Lyon capitalised to score their next three kicks.
Osimhen stepped up to score Lille’s fourth to keep them in the game but Lyon’s advantage was restored when Thiago Mendes dispatched their fourth.
It then fell on Sanches to keep Lille’s hopes alive but the Portuguese’s effort was saved and Lyon ran out 4-3 winners on penalties.